Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leicester Guildhall

The Guildhall

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.

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