Venue Type & Location

Town Hall

Site Name: Boothall
Location: Gloucester
County: Gloucestershire
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


The timber-framed Boothall was located on the S side of Westgate Street, between Berkeley Street and Upper Quay Lane.

Current Status


History of the Venue

1192 First recorded as the guildhall.

1216 Named as the Boothall.

1529--36 Rebuilt.

1593--4 'New hall' built.

1606 Rebuilt and enlarged to create separate court rooms, including a new great hall and election chamber.

1761 Following a fire, S end rebuilt in brick.

18th c. Continued as a venue for concerts, plays and travelling shows as well as for county courts and wool and leather markets.

1816 Court use ceased in favour of the new Shire Hall. Boothall subsequently used as a coach house and stables for the Boothall Hotel.

ca. 1850 Mostly rebuilt.

1868 Sold by the Corporation. Thereafter housed at various times a music hall, skating rink, theatre and cinema.

mid-1870s Partly rebuilt after a fire.

1957 Demolished and the site included in the Shirehall during its enlargement in the 1960s.

Record Source

REED Cumberland/Westmorland/Gloucestershire

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