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Offline Leofwine

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Chatham Town Hall, 1861
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 19:04:15 »
I'm posting this separately from the main Chatham town Hall thread as it refers to a proposed Town-Hall that was never built, almost 40 years before the one we all know today.

Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 26 March 1861

PROPOSED TOWN-HALL FOR CHATHAM.—Very great regret is expressed by the inhabitants generally of this town that the trustees of Watts's Charity did not accept the very liberal offer of Mr. J. Budden for the piece of ground at the corner of Military-road and abutting on High-street. Had that tender been accepted, Mr. Budden was prepared to erect on the site not only a first-class hotel, superior to any establishment of the kind now existing at Chatham, but also commodious town-hall for the use of the public, to be used for meetings, entertainments, lectures, and on other public occasions. Such a building, in addition to the Lecture-hall, has long been required tbe inhabitants of this town, and strong hopes are entertained that Mr. Budden will yet be enabled to find a suitable site on which to erect an edifice of the kind.

As Mr. Budden was a local Brewer I suspect his plan was to demolish either the Red Lion or the Green Man Tavern and replace it with his new town hall & hotel. Watts's Charity owned a number of Medway pubs at this time.
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