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Lerwick Town Hall

An imposing building located on Hillhead, Lerwick Town Hall is the headquarters of Shetland Islands Council. It was built 1881-83 by John M. Aitken (1850 - 1923), to designs by Alexander Ross (1834 -1925) and represents a mix of Scots Baronial and Gothic styles. It is reminiscent of Inverness Town House, in Ross's native city, although the castellated clock tower was not part of his design but added at the request of the client, Lerwick Town Council. The foundation stone was laid in 1882 by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844 - 1900). Remarkable stained glass windows (mostly of 1883) illustrate the history of Lerwick, Shetland, and their Norwegian past. Lerwick War Memorial lies in front of the building.


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