Market day.

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. Market square Wokingham, April 2013 (7) Wokingham, April 2013 (8) Wokingham, April 2013 (9)

More on Wokingham in another blog.

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3 Responses to Market day.

  1. blosslyn says:

    Lovely photos…………..do you what the building was before it was a coffee shop in the 1st photo.

    • traveller858 says:

      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.

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