Brighton Town Hall (England)

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Brighton Town Hall (1832) by Thomas Cooper)

Brighton Town Hall stands on Bartholomew Square in Brighton, England. Built in the 1830s, it replaced the previous town hall building; the town hall contains a number of police cells which were in use until the 1960s, and which now form the Old Police Cells Museum.


Brighton Town Hall was built from 1830 between 1832 at the insistence of Thomas Read Kemp and replaced a previous town hall, which contained prison cells, which the new building also had.[1][2]

In March 2003 the building was entered by activists, notionally in protest at the start of the Second Gulf War, they caused significant damage to computers and furniture.[3]


Three rooms within the Town Hall are licensed for wedding ceremonies, these are the Regency Room, The Fitzherbert Room and the Council Chamber.[4]

The city's register office is located in the building.[5]

Electoral Services are also in the building open Monday to Friday 9-5

Old Police Cells Museum[edit]

The prison cells remained in use until 1967 and can now be visited as part of the Old Police Cells Museum.[1] The museum's exhibits focus on the history of Sussex Police and include police uniforms and equipment, a 1950s detective's office, and male and female prison cells. Access is only by pre-booked guided tours.


  1. ^ a b Beaken, Paul. "Brighton Town Hall". The Old Police Cells Museum. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ L. F. Salzman. "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7, THE BOROUGH OF BRIGHTON". Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Protesters condemn Iraq war". The Argus. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Ceremonies in Brighton Town Hall - Brighton & Hove City Council". Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Register Office". Brighton and Hove City Council. Retrieved 12 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°49′15″N 0°08′24″W / 50.8208°N 0.1401°W / 50.8208; -0.1401