Town Hall


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Town Hall, Cambridge Heath Road E2


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Statutory Address:
Town Hall, Cambridge Heath Road E2

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 34961 83072


TQ 3483 788/4/7

CAMBRIDGE HEATH ROAD, E2 (east side) Town Hall


II Town hall. 1910 by Percy Robinson FRIBA (1868-1950) with W Alban Jones; eastern extension 1937-39 by E.C.P Monson FRIBA (1872-1941). Portland stone with slate roof.

EXTERIOR: two storeys above basement. Edwardian part consists of a three bay west facade with cupola over arched recess above entrance, with sculptural group of Charity by Henry Poole over the door and banded rustication to ground floor. Nine bay north facade with sculpture of justice by Henry Poole under Diocletion window and pediment. Tall windows within enriched frames to first floor. Inter-war extension to east continues the earlier buildings cornice level but has an attic storey above. It consists of a three storey 19-bay front with a central three bay pedimented centre, with floral panels at second floor level of the centrepiece with relief of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green upon the balcony over the entrance.

INTERIOR: extensive original features remain. The Edwardian town hall has an entrance, stairwell and first floor landing with veined marble floors, lining to walls and balusters to stairs and lit by a glazed dome; armorial glass to the stairwell. Two Committee Rooms and the former Mayor's Parlour along the Cambridge Heath Road elevation, lined with Austrian oak panelling. Former Council Chamber opposite stairs: stage and former public gallery have been enclosed for office use. Plaster figures by Henry Poole depicting Truth and Happiness on west wall and Industry and Temperance on the east (presently hidden from sight).

The 1937-39 extension interior has a marble-lined entrance hall with inlaid marble floor, and imperial staircase, lined with Travertine and retaining numerous original light fittings, stair posts, square columns and pilasters faced in veined brown-grey marble. First floor landing with pedimented door surrounds of Hopton Wood stone. New Council Chamber retains its original benches, desks, mayor's seat and gallery, all panelled with Australian walnut, and its heraldic glass. Sequence of former Committee Rooms along the Patriot Square elevation with maple veneer panelling and divided by folding doors. Former Mayor's Room with mahogany panelling, contemporary fireplace, shelving and teak floor, opposite another similar room.

Listing NGR: TQ3497983076


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 09 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/01512/20
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Clare Glenister. Source Historic England Archive
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