Central Hall was erected to mark the centenary of John Wesley's death. It was built in 1912 on the site of the Royal Aquarium, Music Hall and Imperial Theatre, an entertainment complex that operated with varying success from 1876 to 1903.
Central Hall was funded between 1898 and 1908 by 1,025,000 contributors to the "Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund" (or the "Million Guinea Fund", as it became more commonly known), whose aim was to raise one million guineas from one million Methodists.
Central Hall hosted the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It has been regularly used for political rallies—famous speakers have included Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill. In 1968 it hosted the first public performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in a concert that also included his father (organist William Lloyd Webber who was Musical Director at Central Hall) his brother (cellist Julian Lloyd Webber) and pianist John Lill.
It is frequently used for public enquiries, including those into the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, the sinking of the Marchioness pleasure boat, and the Bloody Sunday incident in Northern Ireland.
From 1932 to 2000, Central Hall was the headquarters of the Methodist Church.
Just a note to remove the lengthy information text above in the first comment's box from cluttering up the common thread ~ Ciao nick
I see Nick you were a busy bee again. So many beautiful pictures! like this one that show out to the city of London. Best wishes uni*
uni* ~ Hi Uni ~ I have literally hundreds of new London shots to upload, but need the time to do it :) ~ I took a further 188 this morning for example ~ it is a question of making good use of the sun when it decides to shine :) ~ We have had many rainy days recently :( ~ I'm glad you like this one Uni and I wish you a good weekend ~ Ciao nick
cecemil ~ Thanks Cemil and very friendly greetings to you too ~ Ciao nick :)
Fab shot Nick!
Freddie 6 Samantha ~ Hi there and a big welcome to you fpf ~ Glad you like this shot Sam ~ have you recovered from your recent fall yet? ~ I hope so and I hope the lens can be repaired OK ~ all the very best to you from nick
Evening Nick! Yep Im fine thanks :) Si went into Jessops today on the off chance, but they hadn't heared anything, they told us ring in about a week :( I hope so too Nick I think it's gonna cost a few pennies, I had been shopping for a macro lens, that will have to be on hold for a while now I guess :((
Freddie 6 Samantha ~ Poor Sam what a bummer, but hey you are taking great shots these days ~ you should offer your services to local parents ~ all the very best to you fpf ~ Ciao nick
Ah thanks Nick! Actually a friend of mine has just had her daughters portrait taken and she was very disappointed with them, so she asked me if I would take some for her, I will have my work cut out though she is only a year old...could be tricky. She loved the one of Paige in the Poppy fields, you know the one on flickr, but she may have to wait quite a while because apparently that field only flowers every seven years :D
Freddie 6 Samantha ~ You'll crack it Sam ~ although yes at one year old it will be a challenge, there are still plenty of poppies around at the moment though and then there are always your deer!!
good luck and don't forget to ask for some money :)
Are there Poppies still around up your way Nick?...not here, just a few lonely ones dotted around the road side, that's it! :((
Freddie 6 Samantha ~ Yes I've found quite a few, and this evening when I was back in the Barley Field there will still loads around the edges and in the special wild poppy corner, so bring your baby customer up this way :) (Or use some lavender :))
All the very best to you fpf ~ Ciao nick
You never know I might just do that Nick, I may even pop in for a quick cuppa rosie lee ;)
Freddie 6 Samantha ~ You'd be very welcome :) btw there always used to be lots of poppies to be seen from the road that runs over the downs just north of Brighton :)) That is a bit closer for you ~ I'd hoped to be there for the poppies this year, but no spare time :(( Ciao nick
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