Lancaster Town Hall

E. W Mountford & F. Dare Clapham, Lancaster, 1909


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Principle elevation on Dalton Square 

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  • Principle elevation on Dalton Square    
  • Entrance to the public hall in George Street    
  • Public hall viewed from the gallery    
  • Police court looking towards the bench    
  • The council chambers    
  • The reception rooms looking towards the mayor    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    

Neo-Georgian Town Hall incorporating council services, Magistrates Court, police station and public hall

The Town Hall incorporates all the Council's services and departments. In addition, the Lancaster Police Station (including the cells) is in the basement. The Magistrates Court based on the ground floor, on which a separate connecting staircase leads to the police cells.

The council chamber, mayor's parlour and committee rooms are located on the first floor. To the rear of the building is the public hall, known as The Ashton Hall, and adjacent to the Town Hall is the new fire station.

The main facade of the building is a 40m pediment supported on Ionic columns representing Truth and Justice and Freedom and Loyalty. Above the portico, centrally placed, sits the clock and bell tower.

The external elevations are in Longridge stone with the exception of the large columns, which are in Darley Dale stone.

Internally the walls of the reception area are clad in Swedish Green marble, which rises up the sides of the white marble staircase and continues around the landing and throughout the first floor corridors. All other chambers and rooms are panelled in oak.


  • Begun: 1906
  • Completed: Dec 1909
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £155,000
  • Address: Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ, United Kingdom

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