Leeds nostalgia: Wetherby Town Hall saved from demolition

The Town Hall and Market Square, Wetherby.
The Town Hall and Market Square, Wetherby.
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Wetherby Town Hall was saved, thanks to a rate rise to pay for a £6,000 facelift.

Many people believed the hall, built for £1,300 in 1845, would have to be pulled down within five years because of its dire state.

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Dr James Lodge, member of the parish council, said: “This would have meant its eventually demolition and it was not certain whether permission would have been given for the building of another community centre on the site.”

New contractors were to make extensive alterations to the inside, as well as paint and replaster.

The rescue plan also included a new floor in the first floor bedroom at a cost of £600, alterations to toilets and cloakroom.

During its history, the hall has been used as a school, prison, court house and is still a venue for council meetings.

At a meeting to discuss raising the funds, attended by more than 100 people, it was agreed to add a 4d rate to taxes to pay for the improvements.

The main front chimney’s originally had bells in them so that it was easier to summon the fire brigade.

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