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South Shields Old Town Hall

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Old Town Hall, Market Place, South Shields

Reflected past

This is a rare view of the interior of the old Town Hall in the Market Place, South Shields, which was especially opened to the public for a Heritage Open Day last weekend.

It was built in 1768 by the Dean and Chapter of Durham and served as our principle public building until the new Town Hall was opened in 1910, it survived the blitz in WWll and was fully restored in 1977. The central column at ground level is reputed to be all that remains of an earlier Market Cross.

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Written by curly

September 13, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. We went on saturday and at first we were a little bit disappointed. This was because there was no original features i.e. furniture old council meeting records etc on display.

    However, the Local History Society had put up display boards which included part of the 1881 census. My bored better half soon became interested when she noticed that her great great grandfather, John Coverdale, and his family (including my wife’s great grandmother)from the old Customs House in Shadwell Street were displayed on the census list.

    The Old Town Hall is much under used. Whilst the steep stairs may not render it user friendly a small historical site like that should be put to a better use.

    neil maxwell

    September 14, 2007 at 1:23 am

  2. What a beautiful picture. I love the colours, and the mood it presents.

    These old buildings always feel so different feel to them. Silence, awe, wonder are words that spring to mind when one enters such a building.

    CrazyCow

    September 14, 2007 at 8:41 am


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