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.

History[edit]

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]

Services[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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". British-history.ac.uk. 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". Brighton-hove.gov.uk. 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