This floating castle appears to be from an enchanted fable, but in actuality it is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
One of the finest Edwardian structures in London, Woolwich Town Hall is a testament to the civic pride of early 20th century Woolwich. Built at a time when the borough was at the height of its maritime prosperity, the hall features many works of art and historic elements.
In 1889, the parish of Woolwich became part of the newly formed County of London. One year later, the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich was formed from the parishes of Woolwich, Plumstead and Eltham. This prompted the construction of a larger and more representative town hall.
Well-known architect, Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas, was chosen for the project. At the same time, he was completing two other city halls, one in Belfast (which earned him his knighthood), and one in Stockport.
Officially opened in 1906, the town hall is considered a fine and rare example of Edwardian Baroque in London. There are two major entrances, each with a monumental facade. The Wellington Street facade features Portland stone with a colonnade and “broken” pediment, while the Market Street facade displays military and maritime symbols. An Italianate clocktower completes the look.
The Wellington street entrance leads into Victoria Hall, pictured here. This striking pink and green corridor is dominated by a tall marble statue of Queen Victoria by sculptor F.W. Pomeroy. Other notable works include the bronze WWII memorial plaques on either side of the staircase, and stained-glass windows depicting scenes from Woolwich’s history.Know more? Share with us!