The Grade II-listed Corn Exchange/Former Town Hall in Swindon was built in 1852-54 by Sampson Sage & E Robertson with additions by Wilson and Willcox.
This ruined complex at the heart of Swindon’s Old Town is central to the town’s history. It has been a Corn Exchange, Town Hall and dance hall at various periods, before falling into disuse. Many redevelopment proposals have come and gone, while the building continues to deteriorate. Urgent action is needed to save this historic and imposing building from being lost forever.
Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: ‘Swindon is now a Heritage Action Zone, and this building is one of several prominent historic buildings in Swindon that should be a priority. An imaginative and sensitive scheme is needed to return the complex to its place at the heart of the town’s life.’