Buildings in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England

Miscellaneous Public Buildings

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Introduction

This page is devoted to showing photos of, and giving a little information about, public buildings in Newark-on-Trent, England, which are not included in other pages of this web site, but it is by no means comprehensive, and will be added to from time to time. It is an adjunct to my main Newark page.

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Town Hall

Town Hall The first stone was laid for this Georgian building in 1773, but the building had been in use for some time before it was possible to acquire the land to build the wing to the left in this picture. The dark objects in the foreground in this photo (48,504 bytes) are the tops of market stalls, in deep shadow, in the Market Square, with two Christmas trees standing in front of the central pillars of the building. The photo was taken 9th December 2000.

 

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Moot Hall

Moot Hall The former Moot Hall, in a central position along one side of the Market Square, was built in 1708 and served as the seat of local government for the town until the Town Hall was built 65 years later. The building was refurbished in 1965 and is now used as a shop. The photo (118,163 bytes) was taken 9th December 2000.

 

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Newark Public Library

Newark Public Library Newark's Public Library, in Beaumond Gardens (seen here from the south-west - photo 116,757 bytes) was opened in May 1988 to replace the old Gilstrap Library. It has won a number of design awards, including from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the national Civic Trust.

 

 

Newark Public Library This front view (60,098 bytes) of Newark Library (from the north-west) was taken from the large town centre public car park onto which it opens.

 

Newark Public Library The attractive park location is seen again in this view of the Library from north (48,146 bytes).

 

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Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange This important building in Italian baroque style was opened on 27th September 1848. Kelly's 1891 directory records that, in addition to housing the corn market every wednesday, it is "also used for lectures, exhibitions and musical entertainments; the hall will hold 1,500 people". It continued to be used for trade by the local farmers, millers and maltsters until 1978. This photo (104,095 bytes) was taken on 9th December 2000.

 

 

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Governor's House

Governor's House The Governor of Newark Castle, Sir Richard Willis, lived in this Tudor building during the Civil War. Prince Rupert had his famous quarrel with Charles I here in October 1645. This photo (66,156 bytes) was taken 25th December 2000.

 

 

 

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Buttermarket

Buttermarket Standing on Middlegate and situated at the rear of the Town Hall, this was designed as a covered market hall, and was opened on 13th October 1884. The red brick front carries a stone carving of the borough arms with the words "Our chartered rights" underneath. The circular window near the top is a stained glass design. This photo (77,721 bytes) was taken on 25th December 2000.

 

 

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St. Mary's Church Rooms

St. Mary's Church Rooms This building serves as a social meeting room for the congregation of the parish church. It was erected, on the corner of Balderton Gate and Guildhall Street in 1877. This photo (93,249 bytes) was taken on 21st February 2001.

 

 

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Old Post Office

Old Post Office This ornate building was purpose built and opened in February 1908, replacing an earlier post office in Carter Gate. This photo (77,751 bytes) was taken on 21st February 2001.

 

 

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Former Savings Bank/Registrar's Office

Former Savings Bank/Registrar's Office This Georgian building in Lombard Street (photo 38,835 bytes, taken 30th January 1991) was originally built as a Savings Bank in 1832. By 1960, when my wife and I married there, it had become the Registrar's office. It is now used as a health clinic.

 

 

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Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre Standing on a corner site in Appletongate, this small theatre (photo, 48,476 bytes, taken 25th December 1999), which opened its doors for the first time, as a cinema, in 1910, adds colour to the street scene.

 

 

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Former Gilstrap Library

Gilstrap Library This former free public library was purpose-built for the town by a very successful local maltster, Sir William Gilstrap, at his own expense and opened in 1883. It is located within the castle grounds in Castlegate. This photo (56,867 bytes) was taken from across the road in Boar Lane on 25th December 1999.

 

 

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Former bank

Former bank An 1891 directory records this as being the premises of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank. This photo (58,496 bytes) was taken in Kirkgate on 21st February 2001.

 

 

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Former workhouse (now hospital)

Former workhouse This photo (22,240 bytes) was taken on 14th September 2002. This old part of what is now the General Hospital is well hidden from outside view by modern extensions in all directions.

 

 

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Old General Hospital

General Hospital The hospital was opened in 1881 and closed on ?. It has recently been very well refurbished to its original appearance as part of a conversion to office use. This photo (17,978 bytes) was taken on 14th September 2002 from across London Road where the building occupies a prominent position at an important road junction.

 

 

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Ossington Coffee Palace

Ossington Coffee Palace On 16th November 1882 Viscountess Ossington opened this grand establishment, on the corner of Beastmarket Hill and Bargate, as a temperance hotel, in the hope of tempting farmers away from the demon drink (alcohol). Since Newark was at the time the biggest centre of brewing in the country, this was rather optimistic. She gave the building to the town in memory of her husband, who had been Speaker of the House of Commons. The rooms included coffee room, assembly rooms, club room, reading room, billiard room and dormitories for travellers, as well as providing stabling for forty horses, sheds for carts, a bowling green, and a tea garden. This photo (63,072 bytes) was taken on 25th December 1999.

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