Rochdale Town Hall :: Shared Description

Rochdale Town Hall is located in Town Hall Square to the south of The Esplanade and the River Roch. It is regarded as being one of the finest Victorian town halls in Britain, described by art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as possessing a "rare picturesque beauty". It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building (List Entry Number: 1084275 LinkExternal link Heritage Gateway). It is claimed that Adolf Hitler admired the architecture so much that he planned to ship the building, brick-by-brick, to Germany after the War. Whatever the truth in this, Rochdale seems to have been broadly avoided by German bombers during the Second World War (LinkExternal link BBC Manchester).

With an initial budget of £20,000 to spend on its construction, the town council advertised a competition in 1864 to design a new Town Hall. The winning design, selected from 27 entries, was by William Henry Crossland. The foundation stone was laid on 31 March 1866 by Rochdale-born statesman John Bright LinkExternal link and the building was completed at a total cost of £160,000 (equivalent to more than £12.6M in 21st century value) by 1871. This increase of expenditure was heavily criticised by the public but the end result, Built in the Gothic Revival style with its 240-foot high tower and features including the Grand Staircase, the magnificent Great Hall, frescos, stained glass, statuary, ceramics and paintings all adding to its grandeur, prompted celebrations of civic pride (LinkExternal link Rochdale online). A fire in 1883 destroyed the original wooden clock tower which was replaced by the stone spire which is 50 feet shorter.

Although the majority of local government functions take place in Rochdale's Municipal Offices building, Rochdale Town Hall continues to be used for cultural and ceremonial functions. For instance it is used for the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale's mayoralty, civil registry, and for formal naturalisation in British Citizenship ceremonies. Many of its rooms can also be hired for It is also used for functions and it is a popular location for weddings, television filming, conferences, meetings and corporate events.

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LinkExternal link Wikipedia
LinkExternal link Rochdale Past
LinkExternal link Rochdale On-line
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SD8913 : Stained Glass Window, Tudor Monarchs by David Dixon
SD8913 : The Tudors' Stained Glass Window, Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, The Mayor's Parlour (3) by David Dixon
SD8913 : Carved Decoration, Mayor's Chair by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Stained Glass Window, Queen Elizabeth I by David Dixon
SD8913 : Town Hall Square and Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, Queen Victoria Rose Window by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, North Side by David Dixon
SD8913 : Postboxes on Packer Street by Gerald England
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, The Mayor's Parlour (1) by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Stained Glass, The Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale War Memorial and Town Hall by Gerald England
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall Entrance Lobby, The Exchange by David Dixon
SD8913 : Former Magistrates' Court, Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, The Great Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Council Chamber (former Magistrates' Court), Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall, The Exchange by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall Stained Glass, Richard III by David Dixon
SD8913 : Rochdale Town Hall by Gerald England
SD8913 : Lord Protector and Two Kings, Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Decorative Corbel, Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : The Great Hall, Rochdale Town Hall by David Dixon
SD8913 : Decorative Corbel, Rochdale Town Hall Exchange by David Dixon

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