Historic environments

Listed buildings

Old Town Hall

  1. A map of the location of Old Town Hall
    • Grade: I
    • Risk: Not at risk

Building details

A picture of Old Town Hall

Building description

  • Built by the Dean and Chapter of Durham in the centre of the new Market Place they had laid out circa 1767.
  • Ashlar with pyramidal slate roof.
  • Two storeys.
  • Open arcaded ground floor for use as market hall.
  • Three arches on south, east and west sides on Doric columns, with square rusticated corner piers against which are set half column responds.
  • A central pillar on steps which may be part of a former market cross.
  • The upper floor of 3 bays to each elevation.
  • A central "Venetian" window flanked on either side by a single semi-circular headed window.
  • On the east and west fronts the single windows are blank.
  • On the north front the centre light of the "Venetian" window contains the entrance door with fanlight over.
  • The upper floor is reached by a symmetrical, double branch stone staircase under which the open market hall can be approached through a grand semi-circular arched opening.
  • The roof is crowned by a square timber turret and a domed octagonal cupola.
  • The building was restored in 1977.
  • The hall was originally built by the Dean and Chapter as a place for holding their Manorial Courts and providing offices for their officials.
  • It was sold by them in 1855 to the corporation together with the market tolls.