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The Old Municipal Buildings is a Grade 11 listed building. The east end was a Grammar School built about 1480, refounded by Bishop Fox of Winchester in 1523. It is currently in use by Somerset Registration Service and is bursting with period features such as oak beams and stained-glass windows. The foyer area has Tudor arched double doors and a patterned tiled floor leading to a grand oak staircase. The half landing features a leaded window with stone mullions set back with a deep oak sill. Our largest room, The Tudor Hall, can hold up to 100. Lined with oil portraits below the gothic vaulted ceiling, it has the traditional feel of a church, banqueting hall – or even a hint of Hogwarts! It has a wooden floor, and is normally set for ceremonies with chairs either side of a red carpeted aisle. Heavy oak doors with old ironwork provide external access from two aspects. The Vivary Room was the old boys’ dormitory, with deep stone window alcoves, period fireplace and a unique horseshoe sectional oak table. The Mayor’s Parlour is a cosy study also on the first floor, used for occasional civic gatherings and is also available. Historic England’s website

Location information

Type of Location

Municipal *

Address details

Property address Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton TA1 4AQ
County Somerset
What Three Words struck.lifts.loving
Approx travel time from Bristol 1 hour
Approx travel time from London 3 hours 15 minutes

Property details

Property status Operational
Access Public road to the front of the building. Broad stone steps lead up from pavement. To the rear, level access. Pedestrian access via wheelchair ramp or cobbled alleyway at rear leading to broad pedestrian walkway along front of building.
Access restrictions The building is in use Monday - Saturday by Somerset Registration Service. Monday - Friday 9:00am – 17:30pm. Saturdays opening varies through the year and is in use only for Ceremonies.
Noise To the front it is close to a road. To the rear there is an open area which has a public green space and exterior seating for 2 restaurants. It’s occasionally used for Markets and other community events.
Parking Considerable parking, by agreement with Parking Services.
Parking detail There is a large paved area (Castle Green) behind the building that could accommodate vans, cars or larger vehicles by agreement with Parking Services.

Representative and contact details

Representative Tracey Crabb
Representative type Property Services, Somerset Council
Phone 01823 282251

Film location

Address Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton TA1 4AQ