Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Interior of the Guildhall

Guildhall - photograph


The Great Hall at the Guildhall is a noble chamber, used for a variety of civic purposes not the least important of which is the Lord Mayor's annual banquet, attended by nearly a thousand guests. The wooden roof is particularly handsome. Ranged round the walls is statuary against the north wall - to the right in our picture - are monuments to Chatham, Wellington, and Nelson; against the south wall, to William Pitt and Lord Mayor Beckford. The western stained glass window, shown above, is one of the many memorials to the Prince Consort, and opposite to it is another presented by the cotton operatives of Lancashire in acknowledgment of the City Corporation's liberality during the historic famine. The Court of Common Council sits in a chamber reached by way of the stairs facing the main entrance.