Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Welcome

Welcome to Skipton Town Hall, home to Craven Museum, Exhibition Gallery, grand Concert Hall and Tourist Information Centre.

The Hall hosts its own performance and events programme, and undertakes a variety of cultural community projects, as well as providing a venue for local events and performance companies.

Please see the What’s On section for more information on our current programme and what’s coming up soon.

In addition, the Concert Hall, Exhibition Gallery, Annexe and newly renovated Hub space are all available to hire for third party public events, corporate use or private occasions. Please see Town Hall Room Hire for further information.

The Town Hall is currently undergoing some major changes to complete its transformation into an exciting and important cultural hub for Craven; the building is being lovingly restored, developed and improved for the benefit of our community and visitors to Craven. Please see Skipton Town Hall Development for further information.

Brief history of the Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall was built in 1862, on the site of the former vicarage of Holy Trinity Church. The main hall was altered, with its height increased, in 1878 and was run as a public function room by a private company.

When Skipton Urban District Council was created in 1895, it bought the building to be the Town Hall, replacing the 'Old Town Hall' on Sheep Street. Late in the 19th century, a canopy of glass and ornate wrought iron was added on the front, but this was demolished during the 1950s. An extension was built in 1935 to increase office space.

Also located in the Town Hall is the council chamber where for over 100 years councils have held meetings; a particular point of interest in the chamber are the benches and chairs which were made by the legendary furniture maker Robert "Mouseman" Thompson.

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