A Tour Of Stoke Newington Town Hall

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 102 months ago
A Tour Of Stoke Newington Town Hall
The Council Chamber
The Council Chamber
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Entranceway
Entranceway
Building exterior on Church Street. The blackened areas are camoflauge from WW2 Fin Fahey
Building exterior on Church Street. The blackened areas are camoflauge from WW2 Fin Fahey
Mirrorball in the Assembly Hall
Mirrorball in the Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall. Check out that sprung Canadian maple dance floor.
The Assembly Hall. Check out that sprung Canadian maple dance floor.
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
Original coat hooks in the gents
Original coat hooks in the gents
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The town hall bar
The town hall bar
Reception area
Reception area
The original balcony seats are still in use, with new upholstering
The original balcony seats are still in use, with new upholstering
Steps up to the Council Chamber
Steps up to the Council Chamber
The Council Chamber
The Council Chamber
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Entranceway
Entranceway
Building exterior on Church Street. The blackened areas are camoflauge from WW2 Fin Fahey
Building exterior on Church Street. The blackened areas are camoflauge from WW2 Fin Fahey
Mirrorball in the Assembly Hall
Mirrorball in the Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall. Check out that sprung Canadian maple dance floor.
The Assembly Hall. Check out that sprung Canadian maple dance floor.
The Assembly Hall
The Assembly Hall
Original coat hooks in the gents
Original coat hooks in the gents
16043_townhall_lightclock.jpg
The town hall bar
The town hall bar
Reception area
Reception area
The original balcony seats are still in use, with new upholstering
The original balcony seats are still in use, with new upholstering
Steps up to the Council Chamber
Steps up to the Council Chamber

After ten years of disuse, and following an extensive refit, Stoke Newington Town Hall reopens this week. Ahead of the official launch event, Londonist took a tour around the place.

Built in the 1930s by Stoke Newington Metropolitan Borough Council, the town hall is a mixture of Renaissance and Art Deco, and inside and out is one of the more handsome buildings in the area, making its fall into disuse and disrepair even more galling.

After surviving WW2, despite hits on nearby sites (one rumour posits that the roof was painted green and populated by a cow to make it seem a part of nearby Clissold Park), it became one of the area's more popular entertainment venues, a place for locals to do the Charleston and the jitterbug. But its popularity dwindled and it eventually closed in 1999.

The Town Hall reopens in February to the public, but from 27th-30th January the council will be showing off their new venue with a showcase called Reveal. After that, it's available to hire for functions, business meetings, and parties: more information at the Council website.

Thanks to James Willsher of Hackney council for arranging the visit.

Last Updated 26 January 2010