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Town Hall, Lerwick

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Lerwick Town Hall is located in central Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland. It was completed in 1884 during a period of expansion in Lerwick due to the wealth the herring industry brought. It is protected as a Category B listed building.It was situated at the highest point of Lerwick available facing west to the new town with its back to the old town, lanes and harbour.It was designed by architect Alexander Ross of Inverness and builder John M. Aitken of Lerwick won the tender at a cost of £3,240. The foundation stone was laid on 24 January 1882 by Prince Alfred (Duke of Edinburgh and second son of Queen Victoria) on a visit to the isles. That same evening Lerwick saw the first ever Up Helly Aa torchlight procession.The building took 21 months to build and was officially opened on 30 July 1883 (although the building was not complete) by George Thoms, sheriff of Caithness, Orkney and Shetland.But further work has been done to it in its years. The most recent was the replacement of the front steps which was badly decayed and was replaced just before The Town Hall's 125th Anniversary.The Town Hall is home to Shetland Islands Council's council chambers and is available to hire for functions and events. Some of The Town Hall's most popular uses are:Marriages - in the Main Hall or in the Council ChamberWedding ReceptionsMusical ConcertsCoffee Mornings/EveningsSales of Work
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  • January 31, 2017
    Built in the Gothic Flemish style in 1883 by architect Alexander Ross of Inverness and builder John M.Aitken of Lerwick, the Town Hall is definitely one of the best attractions in Shetland. Mainly for...  more »
  • October 30, 2016
    Whilst not in active use as a town hall any more (too small), the building is accessible to tourists and is worth a visit to admire the impressive stained glass windows. Keep heading up hill if you st...  more »
  • September 29, 2016
    Just a short walk up to the town hall to see the beautiful stained glass windows. A gentleman gave us a great tour and lots of historic information. If you love architecture this is a great site to vi...  more »
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  • Worth a visit to see the stained glass windows on the first floor depicting characters from Shetland history.
  • Cute town hall.

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