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Tenders were put out for the design of the town hall and the contract was awarded to A.W Hanstock & Sons of Batley. The first part of the Town Hall to be completed was the Public Hall, so it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the building was a grand choral concert in 1907. London soloists were hired and the orchestra included members of the Halle. The official opening was in June 1908 and from that point all Borough Council meetings were together under one roof. Ossett now had a focal point. Celebratory events like coronations and jubilees were centred on platforms erected in front of the main entrance. Dances were a big feature of the events held in the Public Hall, the weekly ones being preceded by whist drives.

This handsome building both inside and out was a great asset to Ossett and still remains to be.

Here is some great history before the Ossett Town Hall was built

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These old houses stood roughly where Ossett DIY is now located. The larger building in the background with the bobble on top was the old grammar school, which was demolished a couple of years after this photo was taken to make way for the New Town Hall. The grammar school then moved to Park House at the top of Storrs Hill Road, which had been bought a few years earlier by Ossett Town Council to be used as a smallpox hospital, since the one on top of Storrs Hill was not coping with an epidemic at the time. This school is the present day Ossett Academy.
This picture was taken in 1904 at the top of Dale Street, Market place Ossett.

Photographer unknown.

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