Lancaster Town Hall, Lancashire

 After doing some work up in Lancaster, OneByOne said we should have a pop at the town hall. Hoods up, route pencilled and off we went.
 
Ladder after ladder with creaking boards we made our way across the roof, dodging the old tiles and then sliding down the drains.
 
Electricity panels buzzed, fire alarm lights flickered and the emergency lights gave off enough of a dull glow for you just to see.

The nightclubs nearby were pumping out failing karaoke singers. The last climb was made and infront of us stood the clock mechanism with hundreds of scribings from those who had visited before us.
 
 
The town hall was completed and opened on the 27th December 1909, the clock mech being built four years beforehand.
 
 
 
Waring and Gillows were the main contractors for the stone work, furniture and wood carvings.
The stone carving over the front steps was undertaken by F.W. Pomfrey and the stain glass windows were produced by local firm Shrigley and Hunt.
 
 
 
The Town Hall incorporated all the council’s services and departments. In addition Lancaster police station, including cells, were in the basement, the magistrates court was based on the ground floor, with a separate staircase to the police cells. The first floor housed the Mayor’s parlour, reception rooms, committee rooms and council chamber. To the rear of the building was Ashton hall and adjacent to the town hall was the new fire station.
 
 
 


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