TQ3981 : Canning Town: Former public hall

taken 6 months ago, near to West Ham, Newham, Great Britain

Canning Town: Former public hall
Canning Town: Former public hall
The hall was built between 1892 and 1894 to provide a public meeting space and to administer council business in the southern part of the former Borough of West Ham, where the population had expanded rapidly in the late 19th Century. It was not the Borough Town Hall which was in Stratford.

When East Ham and West Ham merged to become Newham Borough Council in 1965, the public hall became an adult education institute. By 1989 the hall had been abandoned, but was restored and revived by a local charity, which from 1993 ran it as a community centre; they remain the long leaseholders of the building.

The public hall is associated with various prominent socialists, including Keir Hardie, Bertrand Russell and Sylvia Pankhurst, who all spoke here.

Along with the adjacent TQ3981 : Canning Town: Former public library it is a Grade II Listed Building, the two forming a handsome pair of municipal buildings, Italianate in style with plentiful carved stonework and decorative detail.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 29 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 October, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3966 8175 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.0448N 0:0.6858E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3965 8171
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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