The Building

Limehouse Drawing

Limehouse Town Hall’s foundation stone was laid in 1879 and the building opened in 1881. The building consists of a number of offices and a grand assembly hall. Originally a Vestry Hall it was taken over by the newly formed Stepney Borough Council in 1900 and since then has been known as a Town Hall.

In its lifetime the building has been put to many uses, including a concert hall, the National Museum of Labour History, a Neighbourhood Centre and a shelter for the homeless.

Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust became custodians of the building in 2004. With the help of research from architectural historian Kathy Clark, The Trust, presented an exhibition of the history of the building in 2011. Key aspects of that exhibition are available for you to read in the below PDF.

Download PDFWithin These Walls: The Story of Limehouse Town Hall