Portsmouth Guildhall is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. It is the heart of and home to many different events and exhibitions that take place in Portsmouth, including but not limited to music events, comedy events, dance events, community events, exhibitions and award ceremonies.
First opened on August 9th 1890 by Prince Edward VII and Queen Alexandra it has a long and vibrant history. The design of the building was tasked to architect William Hill at a cost of £140,000, who also designed Bolton's Town Hall amongst others.
In 1941, during the blitz of the Second World War, the Guildhall was severely damaged with just three of the external walls left remaining. After the war the Corporation intended to demolish the remains of the building and rebuild a new one. However popular opinion was to retain the outside structure, partly for nostalgic reasons and partly as an act of defiance. The interior of the building was redesigned by Berry Webber, with as much of the outer shell retained as possible. The Guildhall was reopened by Her Majesty the Queen on 8 June 1959.
Here are some interesting facts about Portsmouth Guildhall (more to come soon):
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