In case you thought I was not doing stuff this year lol we managed to sneak over here one eve a few weeks back.
My non forum mate has done this several times going back well over 6yr when the alarms certainly were working. No such dramas on our visit though the place is full of working motion sensors but no-one came.
It really is a stunning building that I was pleased to tick off.
Nottingham Guildhall was built in 1887 to 1888 to replace the previous Nottingham Guild Hall on Weekday Cross. Following a competition with Alfred Waterhouse as the judge, the French Renaissance Revival design by the architects Thomas Verity and George Henry Hunt was chosen. Gabbutts of Liverpool were chosen as contractors much to the annoyance of local building companies.
The initial estimate for the building was £128,416 (equivalent to £13,223,116 in 2020), and immediately the council asked Verity and Hunt to simplify the design. The building as erected contained the Police (magistrates') Court. the Central Police Station and the new Fire Station.
The building was erected in Darley Dale ashlar and brick, with Westmorland slate roofs for a cost of £65,000 (equivalent to £7,402,546 in 2020).
In 1996, all magistrates were moved to the new Nottingham Magistrates' Court building.
Between 1996 and 2010 the Guildhall was occupied by Nottingham City Council. In 2010 the Council left for new, modern offices at Loxley House, close to Nottingham rail station. Since this date the building has remained Council owned but is relatively unused. The Council aims to sell-off the building, ideally to be converted into a luxury hotel.
It is evident that some clearing work was going on in here.
The court rooms themselves are not the most ornate Iv seen & a bit stripped but were nice nonetheless.
Heading down from the dock we get to the cells (of course), these were larger than expected & were rather nice.
Back up we go to arguably the nicest feature the main foyer & the top level with an unnecessarily ornate doorway that just seemed to go to the 2 small court balconies.
Shame some cretin has been there with the spray.
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