Grade I Listed
The construction of the Town Hall began in 1749 to a design by John Wood the Elder and opened in 1754. Due to a fire in 1795, it was largely rebuilt and a dome designed by James Wyatt was added. Designated by English Heritage as a Grade I Listed Building and described in the National Heritage List for England as ‘one of the finest surviving 18th Century town halls in the Country’.
Over the years, Aura Monumental has provided ongoing maintenance to the buildings features including lacquering of large commemorative plaques, restoration to brass fixtures and fittings, maintenance of bronze features and gilding works. Restoration and gilding of the external metalwork railings and gates has been completed earlier this year.
Work has been completed to address the loss of detail whilst areas of decayed ironwork have been replicated to recreate the original design.
Working closely with the local Conservation Officer, Aura Monumental began detailed paint analysis and restoration of the ornamental ironworks to the portico windows where much of the existing metalwork was replicated and faithfully reproduced using traditional blacksmith methodology. Missing acanthus leaves and scrolls have been reincorporated back into the assembly. Moulds of original cast ironwork created from original pieces in the assembly patterns are made to form new iron pieces cast using the same traditional methods of sand casting.
During the paint analysis and mechanical stripping of the paint, inspection identified areas of original gilding dating back over 100 years. Aura Monumental have been able to replicate this detail and provide an accurate example of the original design.