City Hall, Bristol

City Hall
Bristol Council House - - 197619.jpg
Bristol City Hall
City Hall, Bristol is located in Bristol Central
City Hall, Bristol
Location of Bristol City Hall
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51°27′09″N 2°36′11″W / 51°27′09″N 2°36′11″W / 51.45263; -2.602951938
ClientBristol City Council
Design and construction
ArchitectVincent Harris

City Hall (formerly the Council House) has been the seat of local government in Bristol, United Kingdom, since 1956 (before then the seat was in the Old Council House on Corn Street). It is situated on College Green, opposite the Cathedral and at the foot of Park Street in Bristol city centre (ST582728). Throughout its history it has been home to Bristol City Council.

It was designed in the 1930s but built after World War II. The architect was Vincent Harris.


The rear of the Bristol City Hall from Cabot Tower

City Hall is a grade II* listed building. The concrete frame is clad with very wide, thin bricks, with Portland stone dressings and a leaded hipped roof in a Neo-Georgian style. The steep and high roof with gilded unicorns to the corners of the end blocks.[1]

The foundation stone for the Council House was laid in 1938 and the building was opened by The Queen in 1956. The ceremonial entrance overlooks the moat and leads into the reception hall which is lined with local Doulting stone and paved with black and white Italian marble. It also features a blue and gold wall clock, encircled by the signs of the zodiac and equipped with its own wind indicator. The Conference Hall is the largest room in the building. The names of all Mayors and Lord Mayors of Bristol since 1216 are cut into the stone walls. The walls of the Lord Mayor's Reception Room are panelled in English Walnut and there is a colourful frieze displaying the heraldry of the Bristol trade guilds, and, in gold leaf, the names of famous Bristolians.[2]

The building was formerly known as the Council House, but was renamed by George Ferguson, CBE, the Mayor of Bristol, on his first day in office to City Hall, on 19 November 2012.[3]

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