Nottingham Guildhall
Nottingham Guildhall
Location in Central Nottingham
General information
AddressBurton Street
Town or cityNottingham
CoordinatesCoordinates: 52°57′23″N 1°9′2.7″W / 52.95639°N 1.150750°W / 52.95639; -1.150750
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Verity and George Henry Hunt
DesignationsGrade II listed[1]
Nottingham Guildhall from the Illustrated Guide to the Church Congress 1897
Nottingham Guildhall from the Illustrated Guide to the Church Congress 1897

Nottingham Guildhall is a former Magistrates' Court in Nottingham, England. In the 1990s it was used by Nottingham City Council, and there were plans in the 2010s to convert the building into a luxury hotel.


Nottingham Guildhall was built in 1887 to 1888 to replace the previous Nottingham Guild Hall on Weekday Cross. Following a competition with Alfred Waterhouse as the judge, the French Renaissance Revival design by the architects Thomas Verity and George Henry Hunt was chosen. Gabbutts of Liverpool were chosen as contractors much to the annoyance of local building companies.[2]

The initial estimate for the building was £128,416 (equivalent to £13,029,130 in 2019),[3] and immediately the council asked Verity and Hunt to simplify the design. The building as erected contained the Police (magistrates') Court. the Central Police Station and the new Fire Station.

The building was erected in Darley Dale ashlar and brick, with Westmorland slate roofs for a cost of £65,000[4] (equivalent to £7,293,949 in 2019).[3]

In 1996, all magistrates were moved to the new Nottingham Magistrates' Court building.[5]

Between 1996 and 2010 the Guildhall was occupied by Nottingham City Council. In 2010 the Council left for new, modern offices at Loxley House, close to Nottingham rail station. Since this date the building has remained Council owned but is relatively unused. The Council aims to sell-off the building, ideally to be converted into a luxury hotel.[citation needed]


The 2 level cave system is reached by an open well stair. The brick lined passages and cells were extensively modified during World War II for use as emergency headquarters and air raid shelters.

See also


  1. ^ Historic England, "Guildhall and associated caves (1246296)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 April 2017
  2. ^ Victorian Nottingham. A Story in Pictures. Richard Iliffe and Wilfred Baguley. Volume 19.
  3. ^ a b UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  4. ^ Strangers Guide to Nottingham. 1892.
  5. ^ The Architects' journal, Volume 218, 2003