HIDDEN HIGH STREET HISTORIES
A POINT IN TIME
The building we know today was constructed in 1834-5 to replace the original sixteenth century Guildhall and market house.
The original building was situated in the middle of the street and when stagecoaches started to regularly come through Chard, the building had to go.
It was designed by a local architect, Richard Carver, of Taunton. The building incorporated the Town Hall, Market House and Butchery and cost £3,000 to build.
The clock was added in 1837 to celebrate the accession of Queen Victoria. It is a square clock-tower with a circular wooden lantern with faces on three sides, and a dome and weathervane above.
The building was extended in 1883 to include a large Corn Exchange. The whole building was renamed the Corn Exchange.
It was renovated in 1966 when it was also renamed the Guildhall. After further renovations at the beginning of the century it became the permanent base for Chard Town Council in 200, It now houses the Mayor’s Parlour and Town Council offices.
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