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Wellington Street, before the building of the town Hall. The site of the future town hall - opened in 1906 - is further down the hill, on the left. St John's Church (demolished 1938) is on the right.








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Wellington Street, with new Town Hall, c. 1906. The freehold was bought for £15,880 and was the first use of a Compulsory Powers Order to purchase land for municipal purposes. The site was originally intended for use as a new market place, but following opposition, the public baths, a library, the police station and the fine Town Hall, designed by Mr A. Brumwell-Thomas, were all built on this piece of land.