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Description: The Town Hall
Date Listed: 30 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 173423
OS Grid Reference: TQ7602755718
OS Grid Coordinates: 576027, 155718
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2734, 0.5222
The Town Hall
TQ 7655 NW 2/21 30.7.51.
Built 1762-3. The ground floor was originally used as a market, then converted
into the police court. 2 storeys. 7 windows, the easternmost and westernmost
ones slightly set back. Ground floor Portland ashlar above red brick with
stone dressings. Stone modillion cornice and brick parapet with pediment,
above the 3 easternmost windows of the non-recessed portion. Cupola of 8
Ionic columns supporting a small dome surmounted by a gilded ball and weather
vane. 1st floor windows in stone architrave surrounds with pediments over,
alternately triangular and curved. Large round-headed windows on the ground
floor flanked by pilasters, with a stringcourse above the ground floor. 2
round-headed doorways with large semi-circular fanlights and doors of 6 moulded
panels. The east end of the building forms a canted bay of 3 windows. The
Council Chamber contains a fine Rococo painted ceiling and drops of musical
instruments on the wall by Galli and Cotti. 2 C18 pedimented overmantels,
and 6 fielded panelled doors. There are also 2 large cells with graffiti carved
by the prisoners. This was used as a prison before the prison along Boxley
Road was built and incorporates timbers from an earlier timber-framed building
on the site.
Listing NGR: TQ7602755719
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Source: English Heritage
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