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Hanley Town Hall, Albion Street, Hanley
Hanley Town Hall, Albion Street, Hanley
pen drawing by Neville Malkin - July 1975

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Listed Buildings in Stoke-on-Trent and area

Town Hall & Victoria Hall, Hanley

Albion Square
Heritage No.
Date Listed
18 May 1989
Building: Municipal Offices and Courts
Location: STOKE ON TRENT SJ8847
Description:  Former Town Hall designed by R. Scrivener 1869, Red Brick

Hanley town hall - built as the Queens Hotel in 1869 
Hanley town hall - built as the Queens Hotel in 1869 

photo: Steve Birks - Oct 1999

Former Town Hall, now Municipal Offices and courts. Originally designed as Queen's Hotel by Robert Scrivener in 1869, converted to a town hall in 1884-1888.

Red brick with white brick and ashlar dressings, slate roofs with 4 sets of tall brick stacks.3-storeyed with basement and attic, 9-bay front with projecting central and corner pavilions, these pavilions articulated with rusticated white brick pilasters.

Ground, first, and second floor moulded bands, and bracketed entablature. Central doorway has projecting ashlar porch supported on coupled, rusticated columns with carved parapet and ornate iron lamp bracket. Either side are single sash windows, then canted bay windows, then a single further sash, and beyond, Palladian windows.

Above a central tripartite sash window with either side a single sash, then a canted bay window with a further single sash, with beyond single tripartite sashes. Above a central tripartite sash flanked by 3 sashes with beyond a single tripartite sash. Above again, a central 2-light dormer topped by segmental pediment, flanked by 3 gabled dormers with beyond, single 2-light dormers topped by segmental pediments.

Interior: has Council Chamber with Victorian fixtures, and Edwardian staircase. No.1 Courtroom is a complete mid-Victorian court with all its original fixtures and fittings, panelling, plaster ceiling and galleries, No.3 Courtroom is an almost complete Edwardian Court, D-plan with an ornate plaster vault, pilasters and almost all of its original fixtures and fittings.

To rear, and interlinking, is the Victoria Hall. Brick with stone dressings. Facade facing on left side is in Baroque style. 3 storeys and attic. 11 window range, with a central 5-window section breaking forward under a pediment.

High base, brick pilasters with channelled rustication and modillion cornice. Second floor windows have round-arched heads. Entrances have moulded stone doorcases. Right side (Rear of whole complex) is an 11-window range with round-arched windows to 2nd floor and small octagonal lantern on roof.

Detail of  town hall entrance


Detail of crest above the town hall door.

John Ridgway's crest of a kneeling dromedary was used in the Seal of the Borough of Hanley, 
and now forms part of the Coat of Arms of The City of Stoke-on- Trent.

photos: Steve Birks - Oct 1999


postcard - Town Hall, Hanley
postcard - Town Hall, Hanley

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