Cheltenham Town Hall
is an early-20th century assembly rooms
. Unlike most town halls
, it is a public venue and not the seat of the borough council, which is housed in the nearby municipal offices.
The town hall was built in 1902-03, in order to provide a venue for social events, replacing the old Assembly Rooms in High Street which had been demolished to build a bank.
The site chosen was part of Imperial Square. The building was designed by Gloucester architect
Frederick William Waller and built by the Cheltenham firm of Collins and Godfrey. The total cost of the building, including internal decoration, fixtures and fittings, was around £45,000.It was formally opened on 5 December 1903 by Sir Michael Hicks Beach
MP, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer
, whose family had long-standing connections with Cheltenham.
The main hall, with Corinthian
columns and coved ceiling, measures x 52 feet and is high, with a capacity of 1,000 people. There are other smaller rooms, and to the left of the entrance hall, the Central Spa dispenses the waters from all the pump rooms of Cheltenham Spa. The octagonal counter and urns, which are of Doulton ware, are still in use.
When resident with the Royal Corps of Signals
at the Moray House Hotel (now the Carlton Hotel) from 1943, Sir Norman Wisdom
performed at the hall in Army charity concerts, after one of which actor Rex Harrison
came backstage and urged him to turn professional. BBC News - 6 September... Read More