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Re: Corn Exchange, Rochester
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2009, 20:22:35 »
before the registry office was built i got married inside the corn exchange itself,at registry office price,i was very lucky to get that price.

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2009, 19:11:09 »
Thanks for adding that  :)

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2009, 18:55:40 »
Just a small point, he didnt pay for the whole corn exchange, which is an 'L' shaped building wrapping round the 'Simply Italian' restaurant.  All he paid for was the frontage on the high street arm of the 'L'  if you look there is in effect a 10 foot (approx)  building there with the hall built onto the back This is the part he paid for.

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Re: Corn Exchange, Rochester
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2008, 23:39:59 »
Princes Hall, the old corn exchange, is now Medway's registry office.

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Corn Exchange, Rochester
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008, 16:09:38 »
Also known as the Clock House this building was built in 1706 by Sir Cloudsley Shovel.  The building was to become a butchers market after the butchers were told not to trade along the High Street after 7 pm at night and 8pm in summer months or be fined 10 shillings.

A carved square clock was added with repairs to it being undertaken two years later by Mr Windmill of London, and again in 1718.  The clock fell apart in 1771 and the council replaced it with a circular faced clock, the works being carried out by Mr Edward Muddle of Chatham.

In 1731 the clock House Market was being used to dry skins however the butchers objected to this. 1771 saw the market moved to chatham, the building was then concerted into a court room.

In 1815 the building was again converted, this time for use as a corn market, it was renamed the Corn Exchange.  By 1862 the Corn Exchange was very popular with 50 desks showing samples and settling accounts.  People who didn't rent the desks paid 6d to enter the market.  An additional hall was added between 1870 and 1871 to cope with the popularity.

The building was used as a concert hall during the late 19th century however success was not forthcoming due to the uncomfortable  seats.

During 1910 the Clock House became Rochester's first cinema known as 'The Old Corn Exchange Picture Palace'.  the cinema ran until the 1920's with the corn exchange running from the new hall until 1960.

To commemorate a visit from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1961 the New Corn Exchange was renamed the Queens Hall and the Old Hall renamed the Princes Hall.

The clock was again repaired in 1977 and it was restored to it's original condition.

 

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