Limehouse Town Hall

I often pass Limehouse Town Hall, a slightly sorry remnant of nineteenth-century civic pomp, backing onto the churchyard of St. Anne’s.   Built in 1879 to ‘do honour to the parish of Limehouse’, it was lavishly equipped and licenced for dancing.   The site of a major speech by Lloyd George in defence of his 1909 ‘People’s Budget’ and of Attlee’s election victories, it was occupied by the National Museum of Labour History in the 1980s before it decamped to Manchester.   It’s now used for bicycle maintenance and is on the Buildings at Risk register:-




3 thoughts on “Limehouse Town Hall

  1. pbmum says:

    I spent some hours as a teenager helping out in the National Museum of Labour History. Terry McCarthy, who ran it, was keen on introducing the collection to local youth and a number of us ended up hanging around the collection. As someone with an interest in textiles it was great to be able to see the trade union banners up close and even talk to some conservators. It was nice then, on moving to Manchester, to be able to see the collection properly looked after and housed in purpose built facilities.

    The last time I was in the town hall was a couple of years back for London Open House. It was good to see it being used by the Stitches In Time organisation which runs community embroidery projects (they sometimes exhibit in the wonderful ‘Gate of Heaven’ Church, St Paul’s Bow Common). But the building is clearly in terrible shape. But then here in Stratford, where I live, we have a town hall in much better shape but which finds it difficult to find a purpose with council business now happening elsewhere. There is only a need for so many wedding venues and the like!


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