Lovely arts and crafts style Council Chamber

This morning we supported Cllr Brian Stead’s [the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead] charity coffee morning in support of the Princess Alice Hospice. 

It was held in the Old Council Chamber of Reigate & Banstead’s old Town Hall. The Town Hall is a Grade II listed building in the arts and crafts style, designed by S Macintosh and Newman architects.

The Old Council Chamber has a particularly fine Art Nouveau ceiling. My photo shows part of the room, and a table after the drawing of the charity raffle. There’s a better photo of the ceiling HERE.

The building is open during Heritage Open Days, and is well worth a visit. The adjoining Mayor’s Parlour contains a collection of lovely paintings of views of Reigate by William Tatton Winter, and other items of interest. There’s also a fascinating collection of historic photographs of Reigate on the walls of the corridors leading to the Old Council Chamber.

The Old Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour are imbued with a soul of civic service and duty. The Mayor’s Parlour has been occupied by over 90 mayors giving the rooms a strong sense of history. To see more photos of the Odd Council Chamber, there are four excellent ones with a useful description on Geograph, and a large collection of black and white photos from the early 1900’s in Old Reigate.

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