Posted by on 15 May 2012 in General

Can you guess the location of this Postcard poser? The picture below dates from around 1902 and the building remains to this day but has latterly changed its use.

For those who are new to this feature on our blog,  we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a view of the town centre. All you have to do is tell us where the photo was taken in the comments section below.


Mark Vent 

No clue.
Looks a bit Midlands/Northern.
Looks like a radio transmitter in the centre, but extremely unlikely in 1902 – more likely a flagpole.
Tramlines in the street, with power lines above. Could be any one of a thousand different cities or towns.

15 May 2012 at 9:53 am
karen wernham 

the old bbc studios before they moved esp with the mast

15 May 2012 at 10:21 am
Eileen Powrie 

The Refuge Assurance building in Manchester

15 May 2012 at 10:56 am
Heather Fyfe 

Royal Exchange, Manchester

15 May 2012 at 12:26 pm
Bob Donkin 

Chatham Town hall

15 May 2012 at 12:49 pm
Cindy Davies 

Royal Exchange Manchester by St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, Market Street, Cross Street and Old Bank Street.It has been in use as a Theatre since 1976 and is also a shopping centre.

15 May 2012 at 1:15 pm

whats your twitter?

15 May 2012 at 1:52 pm
fred carter 

Looks like Sheffield Town hall to me.

15 May 2012 at 3:33 pm
Dawn Ellis 

Chatham, Kent – The Town Hall, theatre.

15 May 2012 at 4:16 pm

Well done Bob Donkin! You got it. Chatham Town Hall was the most expensive project announced by Chatham Town Council in the 19th century. The building work started in 1898, and was completed in January 1900. The new building provided offices for various council departments, as well as a council chamber.

In the late 20th century Chatham Town Council was merged with neighbouring councils to form Medway Council, leaving the old Town Hall surplus to requirements. It was converted into a 400 seat theatre, and now goes by the name of the Brook Theatre.

Keep an eye out for our next Postcard poser. Coming soon!:)

15 May 2012 at 5:41 pm
Trevor Thacker 

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15 May 2012 at 6:19 pm
b hart 

I agree with bob, having lived near there and seeing the theatre

19 May 2012 at 3:54 pm