Walsall’s Mayor and some of the former First Citizens will be opening the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour and other historical buildings with a series of guided tours.
Doors open to the public next month for the first of four guided tours of Walsall’s Council House, Town Hall and Mayor’s Parlour.
The tour concept is the brainstorm of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts which gives the public the chance to see the magnificent Mayoral Regalia and the many historical items throughout the Town Hall and Council House.
For a small charge of £2 per person, people can join the Mayor and a former Mayor on Monday 3 November at 2pm for the hour and a half tour. Proceeds will be divided between the Mayor’s Charity Appeal and the Walsall Guild.
Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith, said, “As president of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts, I feel it my duty to open up our doors and share Walsall’s rich heritage of 600 years of civic traditions.
“Walsall’s mayoralty is steeped in history dating as far back as 1377 so there’ll be plenty to see throughout the visit.”
The tour starts in the town hall which still retains a feeling of grandeur with its high ceiling and elaborate décor. The organ which was put in to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee has 98 stops, 5 keyboards and thousands of pipes. There are bronze plaques listing all those who died in the First and Second World Wars and murals of the South Staffordshire Regiments’ battle scenes during the First World War. .
Visitors will move on to the Council House where they’ll see the Great War Roll of Honour which lists 55 council employees who lost their lives in the 1914-18 conflict, a plaque which commemorates Mayoress Slater who died of a shrapnel injury during the 1916 Zeppelin bombings, and much more.
From there, the tour leads through to the Council Chamber where the Mayor presides over the monthly council meetings and then sweeps up the grand staircase to the second floor where photographs of many past Mayors are displayed and ends up in the Mayor’s Parlour.
The parlour houses many interesting items from Sister Dora artefacts to silverware and the Mayoral Regalia of which the Mayor’s Mace and Stand date from 1627.
Author of Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome, bequeathed his writing bureau to the people of Walsall after he was given the Freedom of the Borough. It now stands in the Mayor’s Parlour.
Tours will be conducted between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 3 November and Monday 1 December 2014, then Monday 16 February and Monday 2 March 2015.
To book your place on the tour, contact the Mayor’s office on 01922 652072 or email the Mayor’s personal assistant, Verity Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org