It is a fine example of a timber-framed building, and dates back six centuries.
It was originally built in 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, but soon became the meeting place of Leicester Corporation, who bought the building in 1548 for £25 15s 4d.
|This room contains a library of old books, chests, chairs and a desk as well as the long table.|
|Mirrors are always tempting.|
|The Bible - you can look but you'd better not touch!|
By 1563 Assizes Courts were held in the Guildhall and the Recorder of Leicester was authorised to hear various cases.
In 1580 this room was fitted up as a bedroom. The furniture is not original, but is of the sort used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Great Hall - used as a courtroom, for theatrical performances, civic events and banquets.
After a new Town Hall was opened in 1876 the Guildhall fell into disrepair. It was restored and renovated, and opened as a museum in 1926.
At present the Guildhall is used for performances, and is also a museum open to the public.