Swadlincote: Market Hall

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Located on West Street is the former Town Hall – now Market Hall. The brick building was erected in 1861 with money raised from public subscriptions. A ‘Petty Crimes Court’ was held every Tuesday under the clock which cost the sum of £44.

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The exterior of the hall on Midland Road features five arched windows with buttresses incorporating four shops below. The row of shops were added to the side of the Market Hall in the 1950’s. Stone steps from the side lead up to the main arched entrance.

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Built with funds raised by the Reverend J.B.Stevens, the slogan ‘Time the Avenger’ was inscribed below the clock as a condition for a donation of £20 by a member of the local gentry. Sir Henry and Lady Sophia Des Voeux  both contributed £20 each towards the building of the Town Hall.

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