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St Helens Town Hall

An image of St Helens Town Hall across Victoria Park

St Helens Town Hall was designed by Henry Summer of Liverpool, with building completed in 1876. It has a grand staircase entrance overlooked by a clock tower with steeple and includes stained glass windows on the main internal staircase, depicting St Helena holding a shield which bore the coat of arms of the town.

The town hall became a popular venue for speakers, events and concerts, with renowned conductor Sir Thomas Beecham making his debut performance there with the Halle Orchestra in 1899. In June 1913, a fire broke out at the town hall, destroying the clock tower steeple and assembly room and leading to a refurbishment.

Many royal visitors have graced the building with King George V and Queen Mary visiting in July 1913, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in May 1938, and then Queen Elizabeth II in June 1977, when she inspected a guard of honour in Victoria Square.

The current town hall is, in fact, a replacement for the original structure, which was opened in 1839 and contained a magistrates' court, police cells and the town's first public library. In 1871, disaster stuck when a fire broke out, leaving the town hall badly damaged and leading civic leaders to decide to rebuild a new town hall on the same site. 

Today the town hall is the civic heart of the borough and home to many events, including council meetings, weddings, and citizenship ceremonies.