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Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

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Oxford Town Hall is in St Aldate's Street in the centre of Oxford, England. It is a centre of local government in the city and also houses the Museum of Oxford. Oxford is a city with its own charter, but the building is always called the "town hall". Parts of the building can be hired for events.HistoryOxford's Guildhall was built on the site in 1292. It was replaced by the first Town Hall in 1752, designed by Isaac Ware. In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site. The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design. The 1752 building was demolished in 1893 and the current building was completed in 1897.The new building originally housed the public library and police station as well as the city council. During the First World War, the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital. From 1916, it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria. In 1936 Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate's. The central public library is now in the Westgate Centre in Queen Street.
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  • What a beautiful building, and helpful staff. The location was perfect for the event and very dramatic. 
  • Had a lovely lunchtime organ recital, monthly, £4 includes tea and biscuits in awesome hall. Museum most interesting wartime exhibits especially the light and sound box! 
  • Hard to believe this building has stood the test of time. The local residents must be proud of it. It appears to be well maintained. 
  • Beautiful building - great space - incredible ceilings. Was there for the Oxford International Art Fair.
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