Guisborough

  • Description

    Passing through the town, the remains of the great east window of the Priory dominate the skyline, but for many years the large and imposing building at the town’s central road junction has been neglected, falling into disrepair and a home to pigeons. This unloved building was Guisborough’s Town Hall. It was also an embarrassment to a town which prided itself in its rich architectural heritage. Built in 1821 using stones from the demolished Tockets Hall, the home of the Chaloner family, and further extended in 1870, the current Grade II listed building stands on the site of an ancient toll booth. It included a covered shambles, which was an open market, as well as both a prison and also a court house. With a view to preventing further deterioration and to return the building to its original purpose as a focus for the town and the wider hinterland of East Cleveland, the building was purchased by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 2015. The future of the building is now in the hands of a representative group of local people who have formed The Guisborough Town Hall Gateway Project. Quite a mouthful, but one which illustrates the intention to develop the Town Hall into a building that will not only reflect and help to preserve the rich heritage of the area, but to be a focal point serving the whole of East Cleveland, and one which will spearhead the future prosperity of the area. Seeking ideas from the community, the focus is on providing a gateway for start-up businesses and commercial outlets, as well as a heritage interpretation centre, tourist information centre, and an accommodation bureau for the town and its hinterland. http://guisboroughtownhallgateway.co.uk/" rel="noreferrer nofollow">guisboroughtownhallgateway.co.uk/
  • Owner

    Andrew Stopford
  • Source

    Flickr (Flickr)
  • License

    What does this mean? All Rights Reserved (Seek permission to reuse)
  • Further information

    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87583925@N00/43693302104/
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 months, 1 week ago
    Viewed: 86 times
    Picture Taken: 2018-09-01T12:51:07
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