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Town Hall

Town Hall

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: 10358.a.53

Item number: 3

Length: 11

Width: 14.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

General view of the town hall in Weston-super-Mare, the Victorian seaport and resort town situated on the Bristol Channel in south-western England.

"Town Hall. - Is not far from the Railway Station. It was a gift to the town of a former rector, the late Archdeacon Law. Few persons will give an altogether favourable opinion of the building. Fewer still will doubt that a hall in the style of English Perpendicular, lofty and lighted by tall windows, would have been a more harmonious production, site and object taken into consideration. The foreign aspect of the present building does not appear to be redeemed by internal convenience, and is certainly made poorer by a feeble clock tower. It was, however, a most generous gift, and is made much use of. Here the Local Board meet, and the offices of the various town officials are in different parts of the building. The acoustic properties of the central Hall being bad, it is rarely used for large meetings."

Descriptive text from the book 'Weston-Super-Mare Illustrated' published by Lawrence Brothers, 1891

This is the third in a series of 16 cabinet card views of the town published in the book 'Weston-Super-Mare Photographed.' In the 1880s Cabinet Card photographs completely replaced the smaller carte de visite format. As the name suggests, the cabinet image was large enough to be displayed on a side table or bureau. They remained in vogue until the turn of the century when they were superseded by the photographic picture postcard.

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