The front door of the Guildhall

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The front door of the Guildhall

The Guildhall was used for city hospitality and ceremonial occasions, hence the door's elaboration. Originally set within the building, the door was the only door into the Guildhall. The narrow passageway between it and the street was crammed with stalls and other street merchants. As late as 1886 records tell us that the door was still in this setting, but not in use, being pinned back against the wall.

The present location of the door dates from the end of the 19th century, when it was brought forward onto the street front. The side originally facing into the building now stands facing out, which perhaps accounts for its excellent state of preservation.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum