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Now Known As
Date Opened 1890
Demolished
Venue Capacity 2,000
Venue URL http://www.portsmouthguildhall.co.uk
Venue Address Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
Hants
PO1 2AB



Venue Information


Portsmouth Guildhall located in the city centre is the home of Portsmouth City Council. The Guildhall houses a large auditorium which is used for many shows and conferences. The Guildhall was opened in 1890, earlier in 1945 the Guildhall was a shell as it had been bombed during the second world war. On 8 June 1959 Her Majesty the Queen performed the re-opening ceremony. On 21st April 1926 it was announced that Portsmouth was raised to the dignity of a city and the town hall was renamed The Guildhall and in 1928 the King gave the title of Lord Mayor to the Chief Magistrate of the new city. On 10th January, 1941, there was a major enemy air attack on Portsmouth and the Guildhall was hit by incendiary bombs and flames soon spread throughout the length and breadth of the building.

The Guildhall consists of a foyer, small conference hall, main concert hall, lower banqueting hall, first floor reception areas, the star chamber, crystal constellations, council chambers and parlours for the mayor and mayoress. The main concert hall has a capacity of 2,228 people and is 29m by 25.3m. The ceiling is 13.4m above the floor and the roof is another 3.8m above that. The organ was purchased at a cost of over 17,000. The lower banqueting hall will hold 200 people for meetings or 150 for banquets.

The Star Chamber has the theme "Heavens Light Our Guide". The huge mural which covers the north wall depicts many historical scenes of Portsmouths past and is made of glass and mirrors. In the crystal Constellations the 12 signs of the Zodiac and stars in their exact form of each constellation can be seen.

The Council Chambers are used for council meetings and can seat a maximum of 100 but normally has 64 council members. In the chambers there is a Mayoral Record Panel which depicts all the mayors dating back nearly 800 years, the dates they were mayor from and any memorable events that happened. The pictures round the edge are taken from the memorable events that have happened, which is worth seeing.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress have Parlours in the Guildhall with the tower room being 32 feet square and yet 56ft high. There is an inserted floor between the second and third floor where the full height was not needed and is known as upper second. The Guildhall Clock was installed in 1950 at a cost of 4,000. There is a large amount of civic treasures housed in the Guildhall, which the public can see.
http://www.portsmouth-guide.co.uk/local/guildhal.htm



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