The Town Hall is situated on the south side of the Market Square. It was first built in 1761 and extensively remodelled and extended in 1879.
The hall owes its existence to the munificence of George Stacey Gibson, a local businessman and Mayor of Saffron Walden from 1875 – 1877. At the end of his term as Mayor, he gave the town the necessary money to rebuild the hall. A portrait of Gibson is still on display in the Assembly Room. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Council has carried out extensive repair and modernization works to the building.
The building consists of four public rooms for hire, kitchens, the Council Chamber and other rooms used for changing facilities for theatrical productions. The public rooms are all accessible for disabled via a lift or chair lift.
Photograph courtesy of James Fortune
The Assembly Room
This room is approx. 20m x 10m. At the western end is a collapsible stage.
The room is licensed for musical entertainment. The room will accommodate:
200 persons with or without stage, standing only - no chairs or tables.
136 persons with stage, seated theatre style (an Event Management Plan would not be required). If there were more than 136 persons then an EMP would be needed.
176 persons Full Stage (seated theatre style) NB An EMP would be required.
100 persons seated at tables.
Balcony will take 26 persons seated only; no standing, dancing, food or drink allowed on balcony. NB Balcony can only be used for theatre style events.
The Court Room
The Court Room was used as the Town’s magistrates' court until 1979, when it was remodelled. The room is approx. 10m x 8m and is suitable for a bar and reception when used in conjunction with the Assembly Room. It will seat approximately 60 people theatre style seated/standing.
NB The Court Room cannot be used separately if the Assembly Room is in use.
The Scrivener Room
This room was created in the 1990s following renovation work on the first floor, and adjoins the Court Room. Its size is approx. 8m x 5m and it is suitable for talks and slideshows. It will seat approx. 35 people theatre style seated/standing.
NB this room cannot be used separately if the Court Room has already been booked. However, it can be used in conjunction with the Court Room if the two rooms are booked together.
The Committee Room
The Committee Room is on the ground floor and incorporates a bar and a small kitchen. It is approx. 8m x 5m and will seat 35 people theatre style seated/standing. Because of its location it is particularly suitable for small events open to the public. It also works as a small conference room with its own newly refurbished kitchen.
The Council Chamber
16 seated around the large rectangular table with up to 14 other persons in the room, either standing or seated (the room cannot be used if the Committee Room is hired separately).
If you wish to hire any of the rooms email [email protected]