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Lincolnshire town hall saved from demolition

Campaigners in Horncastle herald a victory as plans to demolish the Town Hall and redevelop the site are shelved by the council.

East Lindsay District Council says its plans to demolish the 1901 building have been scrapped and it will now enter into talks to transfer the freehold of the Town Hall to the town council.

The move has been welcomed by local campaigners and by the Victorian Society.

The hall is well-loved and although it is not listed as a building of national importance it has strong local architectural and historic interest.

It was originally built as a drill hall for men preparing to fight in the Boer war and during the First World War it was used to treat the wounded.

Locals want to use the former drill hall as a home for community activities, as well as for the town clerk's office and as venue for town council meetings.

Wednesday 11 November, 2009

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