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View Poll Results: What is the UK's best town hall?
London 6 3.95%
Manchester 45 29.61%
Birmingham 24 15.79%
Glasgow 24 15.79%
Liverpool 8 5.26%
Leeds 21 13.82%
Cardiff 2 1.32%
Other (please state) 22 14.47%
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:27 PM   #101
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This poll should be scrapped and a new one made where you cant vote for your home city, i voted for manc because im biased and i do think its the best. but id vote either glasgow or leeds if not manc, cant a mod scrap the poll and make a new one?
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:33 PM   #102
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I do Like Manchesters one, but I can't vote for the same thing as Irwell out of principal, and especially as it cost too much.


It does baffle me however that people are so wilfully misconstruing what Irwell is saying as a simple nouveau riche, cost = value philistinism. Clearly he's saying that the cost is indicative of the quality of material/finish/detail, which would be a fairly loose hook to hang a whole argument on, but seems perfectly reasonable in context as a piece of supporting evidence.

All that said, the real pleasure of this thread is not the usual big cities cock-waving and scrambling for the few spilt morsels from London's trough; it's the smaller, more idiosyncratic civic buildings, Barnsley and Warrington in particular getting special mention from me. Thanks to blahblah and Madchester Guy for posting them.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:34 PM   #103
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The Banqueting Hall (not a lot of pics on net... will nip in for the tour this week at some point)

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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:34 PM   #104
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Other rooms chambers and halls

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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:37 PM   #105
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All that said, the real pleasure of this thread is not the usual big cities cock-waving and scrambling for the few spilt morsels from London's trough; it's the smaller, more idiosyncratic civic buildings, Barnsley and Warrington in particular getting special mention from me. Thanks to blahblah and Madchester Guy for posting them.

Totally agree with that - I am amazed at the sheer variance in style and scale of town halls throughout the UK and am finding it really difficult to make a decision.

Lets see some more!
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:52 PM   #106
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Wolverhampton's Old Town Hall

1867, French Renaissance.

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:05 PM   #107
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As said before, I really dont think you can have a "best"

- they are all lovely in their own way, and it just depends what styles appeal to you more. There are also so many other factors that can be equally important, such as setting. The sheffield one, and the glasgow one seems to have really good settings, whereas the manchester one doesnt for example.

That said, the brum one and the liverpool ones are both a little too small to have the grandeur feel that a town hall would usually have, however that is more so to do with the fact that they have other big civic buildings that were constructed instead that already provided a grand civic feel to them.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:10 PM   #108
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Widnes old Town Hall:



Paisley:


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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:12 PM   #109
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thats true wiggles, but Glasgow as has the City Chambers, the Town Hall, the City Halls, the Lower Municipal Buildings (precursor of the Chambers, what we know as the former Sheriff Court) and the Tolbooth (steeple), the Tontine Rooms and each burgh within the city has its own Burghal or Town hall which all served seperate and distinct municipal functions even after the Chambers were built so the point about Brum and Liverpool is sort of moot but I get what you're saying and so I suppose it was a point worth expressing at least

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:16 PM   #110
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So is this effectively the Liverpool Council House/Town Hall?

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Was there never any plans to have a new town hall for Liverpool beside the three graces?
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What about nottingham's town hall thing on market square... that building, with its setting wins this poll easily for me. who would have thought it ey


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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:29 PM   #113
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it puts leeds, brum, manchester, and liverpool's "town hall and setting" to shame
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:31 PM   #114
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Any good moderist or even deco/30's ones out there?
Newcastle Civic Centre is still quite new, it was built in 1967. Not really fond of it though.

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:31 PM   #115
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[QUOTE=crusty_bint;21313191]It is kind of telling that 9 of Mancs 13 votes are from Mancs - and two of those votes were made before the second post on the thread even had!


So,100 % of the vote for Brum town hall is from Brum forumers so far,always the case with polls like this
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:37 PM   #116
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Newcastle reminds me of Hamilton/S Lanarkshire

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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:42 PM   #117
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it puts leeds, brum, manchester, and liverpool's "town hall and setting" to shame
Nothing wrong with Victoria Square, Exchange Flags or whatever it is in front of Manchester Town Hall.







You're right about Leeds though...



There's no space around it to err.. 'appreciate it'.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:58 PM   #118
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The council applied for funding to redevelop the area infront of the town hall and Victoria Gardens as a new public space for the city, similar to Exchange Square in Manchester. It didn't get the funding though so is on hold, but I expect the renovation of this space will come some time or other, allowing the buildings around it to be appreciated.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 05:00 PM   #119
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Cardiff City Hall is beautiful, but technically the city is run from this place these days:



I voted for Glasgow. Phenomenal building.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 05:28 PM   #120
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The sheer variety in this country is insane. Glasgow's, like a giant stately home. Hamilton's, like a giant tax office. Manchester's, like a cathedral or a castle depending on where you look. It's incredible really.

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