Proposed Design for Stafford's Shire Hall,

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Date:1794 - 1795 (c.)

Description:Design for a new Shire Hall on Market Square.

In 1790 a decision was made to replace the old Elizabethan Shire Hall, which was in a poor state of repair. Several plans were submitted including ones by Samuel Wyatt, who was then working on Shugborough Hall, and John Nash, the favourite architect of the Prince Regent.

The chosen design for the present hall was by John Harvey, who worked as Wyatt's assistant in London. The building was erected between 1795 - 98 and was the third of its kind on approximately the same site. Building began behind the old Shire Hall so that once the old building was demolished the new one would face onto a large square.

Photograph donated by Stafford Historical and Civic Society, who retain copyright ownership.


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1680s
Old Town Hall, Stafford,
Old Town Hall, Stafford,

There has been a shire building in Stafford since the 1280s, used as a meeting place ...

1840s
Market Square from the South, Stafford,
Market Square from the South, Stafford,

Stafford possessed a market as early as 1206, when Edward the Elder passed a law ...

1850s
Market Square, Stafford,
Market Square, Stafford,

Stafford possessed a market as early as 1206, when Edward the Elder passed a law ...

1880s
Portrait of a Victorian Lady, Stafford,
Portrait of a Victorian Lady, Stafford,

Miniature studio portrait of Susy Macnaghten. She is wearing a ruched velvet ...

1900s
Market Square, Stafford,
Market Square, Stafford,

To the left is the Jubilee Fountain, erected in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria's Golden ...

1910s
New Zealand Rifle Brigade Parade, Stafford
New Zealand Rifle Brigade Parade, Stafford

At the end of the First World War, when the New Zealand Rifle Brigade left the military ...

1930s
Aerial View of Stafford,
Aerial View of Stafford,

View looking west over Eastgate Street, South Walls and North Walls.

1950s
Oriental Figures and Motor Cycle Mecca, Stafford,
Oriental Figures and Motor Cycle Mecca, Stafford,

These oriental figures date from the eighteenth century and topped the front a tea ...

1980s
Weights and Measures at Work, Stafford
Weights and Measures at Work, Stafford

Some commodities such as petrol, coal, food and drink are sold by weight, measure ...

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Image courtesy of: Staffordshire County Records Office

Donor ref:County Record Office No., D4080/3/30, img: 1817 (18/2264)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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