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Bridport Town Hall

Bridport Town Hall

The Town Hall is the focal point of Bridport. It is a Grade 1 Listed Building dating from 1786 on the site of the earlier St Andrew’s church. The Architect was William Tyler. The clock and the cupola, or dome above it, were added to the roof twenty years later and made the Town Hall noticeably higher than nearby buildings. The area around the Town Hall was known as The Shambles, where a number of butchers had their stalls. A butcher’s shop is still situated on the ground floor of the building carrying on the tradition.

On permanent display are a number of paintings by the artist and teacher Francis (“Fra”) /Newbery, Director of the Glasgow School of Art 1886-1918, depicting aspects of Bridport’s Rope and Net heritage. Also, memorabilia from two Royal Navy vessels that have borne the name of Bridport.

It is open all year and is FREE to visit. Please check with the Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor for opening times, the TIC is open 9.00am-5.00pm (April-Oct) 10.00am-3.00pm (Nov-March). Main access during  times The Town Hall  is via a lift in the TIC, making the Town Hall fully accessible.

Events in the Town Hall

  • Twelfth Night Celebrations – January
  • Community Fair – February
  • Monthly Craft Fairs – March – December
  • Hat Festival Craft Fair – September
  • Dorset Heritage Week – September
  • Bridport Mind Fest Events – October
  • Christmas Cheer Bingo – November
  • Christmas Cheer Craft Fair – December
  • Folk Festival Fundraisers – Throughout the year

Please visit our events page to view more events happening in The Town Hall & around Bridport.

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Bridport Town Hall is available to hire for events, meetings and exhibitions

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Town Hall History

The history of Bridport Town Hall

The present Town Hall building was built in 1786 at a cost of £2000. It was built on the site of St Andrew’s Chapel, following a fire in 1782 which gutted the original market house.

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Restoration Project

Bridport Town Hall restoration project

Following extensive repair and restoration, Bridport Town Hall is now fully open and welcoming visitors. The restoration project saved the building from what could have been devastating structural failings

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Hire the Hall

Hire Bridport Town Hall

Following extensive repair and restoration, Bridport Town Hall is now fully open and welcoming visitors. The restoration project saved the building from what could have been devastating structural failings

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