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Drapers’ Hall

Description

The Grade II* listed Drapers’ Hall is one of the few Regency buildings in the city and was built in 1831-2 as the headquarters of the Coventry Drapers’ Guild. Opening in Autumn 2021 as a venue for music and music education and brought to you by Historic Coventry Trust.

The current building is the third Drapers’ Hall on the site, replacing the previous medieval and post-medieval buildings which the wealthy Guild of Drapers constructed as places to do business, to socialise and to hold events.

Designed by Thomas Rickman and H W Hutchinson, the current building is in Greek Revival style and consists of a series of grand ceremonial spaces lit by rooflights: a Ballroom, Tea Room and Reading Room. Each of these has decorative plaster ceilings and chimneypieces. In the basement the original kitchens, plate store, wine store and sculleries survive with all their fittings. Parts of the basement were also used as air raid shelters in both World Wars.

Working with The Princes’ Foundation, Historic Coventry Trust has restored the building as a home for Coventry Music Service and a music and events venue. A programme of great music events, Drapers' Hall boasts three fully restored performance and meeting spaces; the Ballroom, Tearoom and Card Room., all of which are also available for corporate, wedding or concert hires.

Address: Bayley Ln, Coventry CV1 5RN

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