Wilton’s Music Hall

December 28, 2012 by  

Wilton’s Music Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall is a grade II* listed building, built as a music hall and now a more general-purpose performance space in Grace’s Alley, off Cable Street in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is one of very few surviving music halls in its original state.

Originally, the Prince of Denmark Public House (1828, also known as the Mahogany Bar, from c.1839) owned by Matthew Eltham.

The Mahogany Bar came into the ownership of John Wilton in about 1850. The Music hall was built for him in 1858 by Jacob Maggs, on the same site, as the former concert room of the public house. The bar itself was retained as the public entrance, and the hall was built in the area behind the existing block of houses. This was common practice at the time, as ‘street frontage’ for music halls was very expensive.

The music hall passed into the ownership of George Robinson (1870), to George Fredericks in 1874, and then in 1877 to Henry Hodkinson. The hall was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1877, by J. Buckley Wilson of Wilson, Wilcox and Wilson of Swansea, when a raked auditorium floor and proscenium arch were introduced and re-opened as Frederick’s Royal Palace of Varieties. In 1880, John Wilton died, aged 60.

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