The Guildhall

The Guildhall

The present Guildhall was built in 1579, enlarged in 1912, and in 1973, the New Hall, and offices, were added.

It is the third Guildhall, the previous one being sited in what is now St. Peter's Churchyard.

The original Guildhall almost certainly stood between King Street and The Chain, in the area behind the Old Parsonage.

Offices & Halls

Incorporated within the present building are:

  • The administration Offices of the Town Clerk
  • Archives, mainly relating to Sandwich and Kent history, invaluable for historical and genealogical research.
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Well-appointed halls available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other functions

Council Chamber

The Council Chamber is where Sandwich Town Council meet once a month, continuing a tradition dating back over 400 years.

The Courtroom

No longer a functioning courtroom, today the courtroom is a perfect wedding venue

Mayor's Parlour

Particularly notable for the fine stained glass window installed to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Sandwich's incorporation as a borough.

Jury Room

Built in 1912, this room is extensively used for Civic Functions, Public Meetings & for meetings of the many voluntary organisations within the town

What Happens At The Guildhall

Information On The Guildhall

You can find out further information about the Guildhall and it's history by clicking below or visiting our local museum.
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Guildhall Functions

The Guildhall offers it's room out as any function, from small business meetings to corparate board meetings.
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Weddings at the Guildhall

Situated in the heart of the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich in Kent, the Guildhall offers you a unique wedding venue that combines heritage, history and total versatility.
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Guildhall Museum

From priceless documents to Roman relics, ancient coins and gold insignia to the town’s role as a safe haven, the newly refurbished Sandwich Guildhall Museum offers alot of history.
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Market Days

The Sandwich Market is held every week on a
Thursday 8am - 1pm on the Guildhall forecourt.

New stall enquiries please contact Town Clerk on 01304 617197 or

Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of the Guildhall for just £5 per person, Tours are available by appointment only and there is a minimum tour fee of £20.

Sandwich Archives

The Sandwich Archives are open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. You may visit the Archives by appointment only.

Visitor Information

The Visitor Information Centre offers lots of friendly local advice and plenty of leaflets to help you get the best out of Sandwich.

Hall/Room Conditions of Hire

You can view the conditions of the Guildhall room hire by clicking below.
Conditions Of Hire

Hall/Room Hire Charges

You can view the charges of the Guildhall room hire by clicking below.
Hire Charges

Guildhall Forecourt Conditions of Hire

You can view the conditions of the Guildhall forecourt hire by clicking below.
Conditions Of Hire

Are you Organising an event?

Are you organising an event in the Sandwich Town Council District? Please click below to find some helpful information.
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Meet the Guildhall Office Staff

Finance Officer

Karen Palmer
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Town Clerk

Gill Gray
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John Barclay
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