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1960s Modernist Architecture

The Guildhall, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was built for the former Gainsborough Urban Distric Council, and opened on the 7th July 1966 by Sir Roger Stevens, Chairman of the Yorkshire & Humberside Economic Planning Council. (The building had been occupied since April of that year).

It was built directly behing the fine Georgian Terrace on Lord Street that had been the Council's offices up to that point. Immediately after construction of the Guildhall was complete, the Georgian buildings were unfortunately demolished to allow the side enterance (on Lord Street) to be accessed. The new building was a concrete framed structure clad externally on the principal elevations with Portland stone and Westmorland slate. Hand-made facing bricks were used on the other elevations. The main entrance on Caskgate Street (though within five years of the Guildhall's construction the route of Caskgate Street was moved about 30 yards to the West) was supported by columns - supposedly in homage to Pillared House, a well known town landmark that had been demolished in the 1930s. Along the roofline of the Guildhall was a concrete wave - a reference to the Aegir (Tidal Bore) on the River Trent which the Guildhall overlooks.

With the reorganisation of local Government in 1973/4, the Guildhall became the main headquarters of West Lindsey District Council, which occupied the building (and extended it) until it moved to new premesis in Marshall's Yard in 2008.

The Guildhall now stands empty, and, being unlisted despite it's obvious architectural interest, faces an uncertain future.

 

Nikon F5, Nikkor 28-80mm lens, Kodak BW400CN film

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Taken on July 25, 2011