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The Town Hall was built as a statement of civic pride, visible evidence of the importance of Leeds as a major centre of trade and commerce. It is still so to-day, and although it is no longer the centre of municipal administration and justice it fulfills many important functions.

It still houses council offices - those of the department of Learning and Leisure, which occupy the first floor and part of the ground floor.

The Victoria Hall continues to provide a venue for concerts of all kinds. The Leeds International Concert Season, the triennial Piano Competition, the Christmas Carol Service for Leeds Schools, and recitals on the magnificent organ take place there. Prayer meetings, light entertainment, wrestling matches, auctions and dances are all held in the Town Hall.

The Town Hall has become a popular conference venue. The old Council Chamber, which in 1933 became the Crown Court is now the Albert Room, part of a suite of rooms used for conferences. Individual rooms can be hired for private events.  There is a bar, and catering facilities are available.
  
Some of the old features remain. The old borough courtroom is still intact, with wooden benches and stairs leading down from the dock into the basement. The basement itself, now no longer used as a Bridewell, is a storage area, though parts of the old Bridewell, including the cells under the stairs still remain.

Tours of the Town Hall are arranged on Heritage Days, when people are given a guided tour of the building, and can visit areas not usually open to members of the public. The Town Hall can also offer private tours for groups of up to 25 people for 100 anytime during Town Hall opening hours, contact 0113 2476419 for information. In addition there are public tours on the last Monday of the month and the last Saturday of the month, tickets are 4 and can be booked by calling the Carriageworks Theatre Box office 0113 224 3801.

The workmen who built the tower all those years ago saw a very different Leeds; they would have difficulty recognising it to-day. But one thing has not changed. The Town Hall still stands, a magnificent building at the heart of the city.





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Town Hall from the east, 1999
Town Hall from the east, 1999
Town Hall from Mandela Gardens
Town Hall from Mandela Gardens
View from the Town Hall
View from the Town Hall
View from the Town Hall
View from the Town Hall
View from the Town Hall
View from the Town Hall




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