TQ3278 : Walworth Town Hall site and Newington Library, Walworth Road, Walworth, London

taken 4 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

Walworth Town Hall site and Newington Library, Walworth Road, Walworth, London
Walworth Town Hall site and Newington Library, Walworth Road, Walworth, London
The scene here is explained by text on the site hoarding and Southwark Council's website: extracts below. Photographed in the rain from the shelter of the portico of the boarded-up police station opposite. For another view and more information see TQ3278 : Change in Walworth Road, Walworth, London.

The Walworth Town Hall building suffered extensive damage during the fire in March 2013; the adjacent Newington Library was also affected. Southwark Council are committed to respecting this historic building and developing new facilities for the community. Following the fire, cabinet agreed a high-level vision for the future of the rebuilt building as a new, world class civic centre for Walworth. It will include:

• An enhanced Newington Library space.
• A space for the display of the Cuming collection and Southwark museum
• A flexible space that could be used for a variety of purposes including community and civic events, exhibitions and performances
• Facilities for marriage, civil partnership and citizenship ceremonies undertaken by the Southwark registrar’s service

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History of Walworth Town Hall (from the site hoarding)
London’s second oldest Vestry Hall was designed by architect Henry Jarvis in an eclectic gothic style and built in 1864-66. At that time offices in the building included those for the Surveyor of Sewers and the Inspector of Nuisances!* In 1902 it was extended to include the east wing as the metropolitan boroughs came into power and their area of responsibility grew. Further alterations were made in the late 1940s and the 1960s. The building ceased to be the Southwark Town Hall in 1965 and was used for council offices and the charities commission.

*’Nuisances’ was a euphemism for waste of any kind deposited in public places such as the highway. It could be offal and bones from private slaughterhouses; it could be excrement, animal or human; it could refer to urination in public.
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Date Taken
Monday, 21 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 September, 2015
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Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre  Construction, Development  Flat landscapes 
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WGS84: 51:29.4485N 0:5.8235W
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Postcode Area SE17  Refurbishment  Rebuilding Works 

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