A series of events, behind-the-scenes tours and a new Treasures trail have been launched to celebrate 150 years of Chester Town Hall.Published on 16th October 2019
The current Town Hall was opened by the then Prince of Wales and Prime Minister William Gladstone on 15 November 1869. The building was designed by architect William Henry Lynn to replace the previous building which was destroyed by fire.
To celebrate this anniversary, a new Treasures of the Town Hall trail will be in place to encourage visitors to explore the building and seek out some of its most interesting architectural features and collections. This includes information on the historic Court Room and a display case dedicated to the Royal Family connection to the Town Hall, From Edward VII through to the Duchess of Sussex who had lunch with HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the building on what was her first official Royal engagement.
Alongside the trail, a series of ‘one off’ events have been organised over the next 6 months, beginning with a series of free tours on 15th October every hour from 11:30, then a cake cutting ceremony with the Lord Mayor of Chester.
Stephanie Hughes, Head of Marketing at Chester Race Company said, “We are thrilled to be working alongside Big Heritage on a second exciting project in 2019. The trail showcases some really interesting aspects of the Town Hall that many people won’t have seen before. We are sure that everyone will enjoy taking part and celebrating 150 years of this magnificent landmark.”
The Treasures Trail and evening events have been created by Chester-based Big Heritage. Dean Paton, Managing Director of Big Heritage said “Chester Town Hall is an absolute jewel of a building, but lots of people are unaware that is open and completely free to visit. This trail is a great way to encourage visitors to explore the whole building, and learn about some of the incredible stories and people connected to it.”