Quite by chance I found myself in the small market town of Wokingham on market day. Not an extensive market by any means but at least there were traders there trying to earn a living.
More on Wokingham in another blog.
Lovely photos…………..do you what the building was before it was a coffee shop in the 1st photo.
The Town Hall
Wokingham Town Hall stands boldly at the heart of Wokingham. It is built on the site where a market was granted a charter by Henry III in 1227. Early records suggest there has been a Clock-house or Guildhall here since well before 1583 when Queen Elizabeth I granted the town a Charter.
The New Town Hall is Built 1858-1860
Although substantially renovated in 1819, the old Guildhall had become so dilapidated by 1857 that it was decided to demolish it and build a replacement, mainly as a courthouse and police station, but also with a Council Chamber, small covered market and rooms for reading and a savings bank.
A competition was held and the design, by the Reading architects Poulton & Woodman selected. The new Town Hall cost over £3,500 of which £2,000 was provided by the County Police Committee, £500 from Corporation members and the rest by public subscription. It was completed in 1860.
Built in Victorian gothic style, the Town Hall is a tribute to the skilled craftsmanship of the Reading builders, Wheeler & Woodroffe, and those who worked for them. From the outside it looks much the same as it did in the 1860s but the courtyard has been covered and a number of changes made to the internal structure. It is now a Grade II* listed building.
Thank you, thats very interesting:)
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