Trafford Town Hall - Talbot Road, Manchester, UK

Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Date Built
1931 - 1933
On the north-west corner of Talbot Road and Warwick Road
Originally known as Stretford Town Hall but in 1974, the Trafford Metropolitan Borough was created and Stretford Town Hall was adopted as the base for the new council, and was renamed Trafford Town Hall.  In recent times there were plans to demolish it but a newspaper article in 2007 suggested that it would have a future.

Councillor Susan Williams was quoted as saying: "We are restating our determination to preserve the architectural and historical integrity of the original town hall for the people of the borough."

Councillor Matthew Colledge added: "We are looking at two options - the refurbishment of the building to provide town hall accommodation for the next 50 years, or the relocation of the council. If we do relocate, the site will not be demolished."

The building was given Grade II listing by English Heritage in 2007

Pevsner says this of the inside of the building, "The entrance leads into a vestibule and on to the main stone stair.  This goes up in one flight and divides, where on each side there are plinths with large bronze statues by the Bromsgrove Guild: on one side Electra holding a globe, on the other Niord with a ship and sea beasts.  Circular domed council chamber with a glazed oval lantern."  The book "Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester", by Terry Wyke and Harry Cocks, explains that "Electra, one of the seven sisters in Greek mythology, symbolized the power of electricity controlled, whilst Niord, the Norse god of the winds and sea, represented Stretford's connections with the sea."

Below you can see the Town Hall in 1946.  As you can see it had the formal garden on the west side.

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