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Report - Birkenhead Town Hall, April 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by pickle1984, May 1, 2013.

  1. pickle1984

    pickle1984 28DL Resident Pickle
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    Had the chance to take some pictures in this amazing building and thought you guys would like to see them.

    Unfortunately i don't have an outside picture, so i had to use google.

    - from Wiki

    When Hamilton Square was designed in the early 19th century, a plot of land was made available for the siting of a town hall between Hamilton Street and Chester Street. However, it wasn't until 1887 that the current building was completed. Designed by local architect Charles Ellison in 1882, the building was constructed using Scottish granite and sandstone from the now filled in local quarry at Storeton.

    The building consisted of a council chamber, offices, with a concert hall and function rooms known as the Assembly Rooms. Birkenhead's magistrates' court chambers are located in a separate building of the same design to the rear. The clock tower is 200 feet in height and consists of four faces. After a fire in 1901, the upper part of the clock tower was rebuilt to a design by Henry Hartley. The rebuilding included a stained glass window by Gilbert P. Gamon representing Edward I's visit to Birkenhead Priory in 1277. The courtyard has an unusual 1905 monument to Queen Victoria in the form of a gothic spire with two tiers of arches supported by granite shafts.

    Despite the abolition of the County Borough of Birkenhead on 1 April 1974, the building continued to be used as council offices until the early 1990s, when work was undertaken to restore the external stonework and many interior decorations and features, including the former council chamber.

    The Wirral Archives Service was based in the building until 2008, when it transferred to the council's Cheshire Lines Building nearby. The service collects and stores all types of historical documents relating to the Wirral area, its people, businesses and institutions. Amongst the records in the collection are documents and photographs from Birkenhead's Cammell Laird shipyard, when the original company closed in 1993.

    Between 2001 and 2010, the Wirral Museum occupied a significant portion of the building. It featured both themed and permanent exhibits such as the history and development of Wirral, the Cammell Laird collection, the Wirral Silver and Mayoral collections, Della Robbia Pottery and a detailed scale model of the historic Woodside area in 1934.

    Birkenhead Town Hall still retains some civic service, such as the municipal registration centre for births, marriages and deaths and as a venue for local and national elections. It is also utilised for the celebration of notable occasions and as the town's focal point for annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.

    The Assembly Rooms have been made available for functions, events and as a venue for the arts, including concerts, theatrical performances and cinema presentations.


    In 2009 owners Wirral Borough Council advertised the building for sale or lease, as part of its Strategic Asset Review. The council has invited "expressions of interest from individuals and organisations who can demonstrate that they can secure a sustainable use for this important building."

    The council proposals also involved the possible closure of up to eleven libraries, some sports and leisure facilities and the planned sale of the Wirral Transport Museum, the Shore Road Pumping Station museum and the Pacific Road Arts Centre.

    I apologise for the not great pictures, but it was a rushed visit and i was not able to use my tripod.

    Amazing stain-glass windows.

    Beautiful marble fireplace in the family waiting room of the coroner.

    Interesting gas meter, maybe for the lighting?

    Lovely ceiling work.

    The upper balcony area.

    The Balcony area was used for when there where shows and dances.


    The relics of the Birkenhead Library Cinema Club.

    This Cinema can play everything from 35mm to amateur 8mm and modern DVD/VHS.

    Internal Shot of one of the cameras.

    A loft shot.

    Well i hope you have enjoyed this quick look into one of the Wirral's amazing building.

    #1 pickle1984, May 1, 2013
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