Middlesbrough Town Hall

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Middlesbrough Town Hall
Middlesbrough Town Hall Summer 2013.jpg
Location Middlesbrough
Coordinates 54°34′33.8″N1°14′02.5″W / 54.576056°N 1.234028°W / 54.576056; -1.234028 Coordinates: 54°34′33.8″N1°14′02.5″W / 54.576056°N 1.234028°W / 54.576056; -1.234028
Architect George Gordon Hoskins
Architectural style(s) French Gothic
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated17 July 1968
Reference no.1136659
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Location of Middlesbrough Town Hall in North Yorkshire

Middlesbrough Town Hall is a municipal facility located in Albert Road in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. It is a Grade II* listed building. [1]



The first town hall completed in 1846 Former Town Hall, St. Hilda's (geograph 3515221).jpg
The first town hall completed in 1846

The current building was commissioned to replace an older and much smaller town hall in the Market Place in the St Hilda's part of the town which had been designed by W. L. Moffat of Doncaster and which had been completed in 1846. [2] [3] [4] After population growth, largely associated with the steel industry, Middlesbrough became a municipal borough in 1853 and civic leaders decided to procure a new town hall on open land in a developing area to the south of the Middlesbrough branch of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. [5]

The foundation stone for the new building was laid in 1883: it was designed by George Gordon Hoskins of Darlington and built at a cost of £130,000. [6] The official opening was performed by the then Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) on 23 January 1889. [7] [8]

The building is of sandstone ashlar with slate roofs, built around four sides of a courtyard with the main town hall on the north side. As well as offices and conference rooms, it contains a still intact, fully restored courtroom and a sizeable theatre. The basement crypt also serves as a concert hall. It is built in a revived "French Gothic" style, with courtyard elevations in a "Domestic Revival" style. It was one of the last large Gothic style town halls to be built in England, towards the end of the 19th century. The town hall element has one storey centre with two-storey end pavilions. The building features statuary by W. Margeston of Chelsea. To the east are a complex of modern civic buildings linked by a bridge passage. [1]

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the town hall on 4 June 1956 [9] [10] and the singer, David Bowie, performed in the hall on 8 June 1972. [11] From 1 April 1974 to 1 April 1996 the Town Hall also served as the meeting place of Cleveland County Council. [12]

A multimillion-pound plan to transform the town hall into a top class cultural and heritage venue was announced by Middlesbrough Council in 2015. Plans include an upmarket bar, coffee shop or restaurant with a glass atrium, a new multi-functional community room, new seating and toilets, lighting to illuminate the building at night and refurbishing of the theatre and crypt. Plans also include opening up parts of the building currently inaccessible to the public, including the Victorian courtroom, cells and fire station which would be made into heritage attractions in their own right. Work began in April 2016 with an expected 21 month timeframe required to complete the work. [13] [14] [15] The refurbishment was completed in March 2018 ahead of re-opening in May 2018. [16]

Theatre and crypt

Middlesbrough Town Hall has a 1,190-seat theatre with a proscenium stage and balcony seating. It presents a well-preserved example of a Victorian concert hall: it features an organ with four manuals which was designed and built by William Hill & Sons in 1898. [17] There is a second concert hall, known as the Crypt, which is beneath the main theatre hall. It contains a large bar, catering outlet and capacity for up to 600. [18]


Iron Maiden played at the town hall in 1980 [19] and 1981. [20]

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