Library Entrance, Town Hall-Clocktower, Croydon, Surrey UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member AngelPick
N 51° 22.333 W 000° 05.966
30U E 701879 N 5695211
Quick Description: A rather grand door which is the entrance to the Library at the Town Hall and Clocktower.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/21/2012 11:41:41 AM
Waymark Code: WMEP0Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 3

Long Description:
I confess these words were shamelessy lifted from www.croydononline.org - thanks guys

The present Town Hall is Croydon's third. There is confusion over the date of construction of the very first Town Hall, but it is believed to be either 1566 or 1609. The second was built in 1808 to serve the growing market and trading centre but was demolished following completion of the present Town Hall in 1895.

The present Town Hall designed by local architect Charles Henman was officially opened by TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales on 19th May 1896. Constructed in red bricks from Wrotham in Kent, with Portland Stone dressings and green Westmoreland slates for the roof the building underwent many design changes throughout construction, including the widening of the main staircase to be of 'adequate size and importance'.

Parts, including the former court rooms, have been converted for the Lifetimes Museum and exhibition galleries. The original public library, which for some years was used as the local studies library, is now the David Lean cinema, and the whole complex is known as Croydon Clocktower. After 100 years, a brand new public library occupies the area shown on Charles Henman's original plans as "space available for future extension".

Since the mid-1980s the Town Hall has been completely renovated and restored, and the Mayor's Parlour and the committee rooms have reverted to their original purpose.

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This building has so many waymarks now and looking at the intricate architecture I can see a few more on the way!
Type of material of the door: Wood

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On public property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Other

Address or physical location:
Croydon Central Library Town Hall Katherine Street Coydon Surrey CR


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