Plaque: Shoreditch town hall extension
Erection date: 9/9/1901
This foundation stone was laid by the first Mayoress of Shoreditch (Mrs H. E. Kershaw), 9th September 1901.
A. C. Hodder - Chairman
W. Smither - Vice Chairman
S. G. Porter
J. J. Trowbridge
W. F. Norton
G. W. Howlett
J. J. Clark
T. B. Chant
H. W. Wheatley
A. E. Penney
H. Mansfield Robinson, LLD - Town Clerk
William G. Hunt - Architect
Killby & Gayford - Builders
A report in the London North Middlesex Standard And Tottenham And Wood Green Echo of 13 September 1901 describes the unveiling as being "completely obscured from public view by a hoarding constructed to meet the necessities of building operations, but being so close to the continuous roar of the traffic in Old Street, as to render the voices of speakers at the ceremony at times almost inaudible".
Site: Shoreditch town hall (1 memorial)
EC1, Old Street, Shoreditch town hall
Foundations stones do not always qualify for London Remembers (too dull) but "first Mayoress of Shoreditch" caught our attention.
This town hall was built in 1866 by Shoreditch district surveyor, Caesar Augustus Long, with a 1898-1902 extension by W. G. Hunt. Measure gives the history of the building with a picture before the extension.
Some spaces in this building are now available for hire and the website has some photos of the interiors.
2021: This week in FM.com reported "In Pictures – Shoreditch Town Hall Gets First Exterior Clean in 155 Years". It was very dirty. There we learn: "Adorned with its iconic statue of Progress, the building exemplifies the purposeful optimism of the era, its “More light, more power” motto - carved beneath the Shoreditch crest - encapsulating this forward-looking ethos. From its opening in 1866, the Town Hall was the hub of local democracy and civic life for over a century. Its status as a political focal point was underlined by the arrest there of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst in 1913. The Town Hall was also a hugely popular Music Hall venue from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, in spite of a catastrophic fire in 1904. Hosting the first-ever televised boxing match in 1955, it then became best known as a major boxing venue until 1975. Its subsequent decline into neglect during the 1980s was a sad fate for such a proud building with such a colourful history."