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The Town Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Maidstone, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2734 / 51°16'24"N

Longitude: 0.5222 / 0°31'19"E

OS Eastings: 576027

OS Northings: 155718

OS Grid: TQ760557

Mapcode National: GBR PR7.0VW

Mapcode Global: VHJMF.08D4

Plus Code: 9F327GFC+9V

Entry Name: The Town Hall

Listing Date: 30 July 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1086305

English Heritage Legacy ID: 173423

ID on this website: 101086305

Location: Maidstone, Kent, ME14

County: Kent

District: Maidstone

Electoral Ward/Division: High Street

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Maidstone

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Tagged with: City hall Seat of local government

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The Town Hall
TQ 7655 NW 2/21 30.7.51.

Built 1762-3. The ground floor was originally used as a market, then converted
into the police court. 2 storeys. 7 windows, the easternmost and westernmost
ones slightly set back. Ground floor Portland ashlar above red brick with
stone dressings. Stone modillion cornice and brick parapet with pediment,
above the 3 easternmost windows of the non-recessed portion. Cupola of 8
Ionic columns supporting a small dome surmounted by a gilded ball and weather
vane. 1st floor windows in stone architrave surrounds with pediments over,
alternately triangular and curved. Large round-headed windows on the ground
floor flanked by pilasters, with a stringcourse above the ground floor. 2
round-headed doorways with large semi-circular fanlights and doors of 6 moulded
panels. The east end of the building forms a canted bay of 3 windows. The
Council Chamber contains a fine Rococo painted ceiling and drops of musical
instruments on the wall by Galli and Cotti. 2 C18 pedimented overmantels,
and 6 fielded panelled doors. There are also 2 large cells with graffiti carved
by the prisoners. This was used as a prison before the prison along Boxley
Road was built and incorporates timbers from an earlier timber-framed building
on the site.

Listing NGR: TQ7602755719

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