The GuildhallPoole
Market Street
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One of the iconic Georgian buildings in Poole Old Town’s Market Street is the beautiful Guildhall, built in 1761.

At the time of its construction its primary purpose was as a Market House with the ground floor open to hold market stalls. The building was designed to include Offices for the Poole Corporation and a debating chamber/court room on the first floor.

The first floor was used for all meetings of the Poole Corporation and subsequent Town Council until 1932 when the new Municipal Buildings were opened. It was also used as a Parish church while St James Church, Poole was being rebuilt from 1819-21.

For 150 years the building was also used for the Poole Quarter Sessions, the Poole Court of Record and the Magistrates' Court and until 1835 it was also used for the Poole Court of Admiralty.

During the Second World War the building was used as a canteen and meeting room for soldiers prior to the invasion of France. The showers and washing facilities installed at this time were later converted into public baths. They replaced the town’s baths which had been destroyed by a bomb. It is understood that the ground floor of the building was subdivided into a number of cubicles, each containing a single bath. These baths remained in use until the 1960s.

After serving as a College and a Museum, the building underwent extensive restoration returning the building to what we see today. It is now the Register Office, used for civil marriages, partnership and civic ceremonies.

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