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  Maison Dieu
by balhannah

I thought the Maison Dieu was a beautiful Church, it really looked like one.

The Maison Dieu was founded by the Constable of Dover Castle in 1203, providing accommodation for pilgrim's travelling to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, and for the care of wounded and destitute soldiers.

It is now the Dover Town Hall!
There are four beautiful historic rooms that contain a collection of arms and armour, some paintings and beautiful stained glass windows depicting historical events.

The Victorian styled Connaught Hall was originally opened in 1880's as a concert and meeting hall. It has pillars, balconies and a magnificent dance floor which is used regularly for tea dances, exhibitions, concerts, dinner/dances and shows.
The hall can seat 500 theatre style for a show or concert and 300 cabaret style for dinner/dances.

The Stone Hall is the oldest (1203) and most grand of all the rooms. It too is of Victorian style and has some beautiful Victorian stained glass windows which depict six Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports in scenes from Dover's past. In the Hall are the flags and banners of the Cinque Ports, arms and armour and portraits of former dignitaries of Dover.
In the Hall banquets, receptions, exhibitions and civil wedding ceremonies.

The Council Chamber room was added to the end of the Stone Hall in 1867. The furniture is of the original style, there are paintings and books relating to the history of Dover. This room can be used for meetings, seminars and luncheons for up to 35 people and is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

The Mayors Parlour has a large round table and furniture added to the Maison Dieu in the 1880's.
The room was for the use of the Town Mayor and the Charter Trustees.

Tours through the building are run by volunteers.

Wednesday from 10am until 4pm ( 1st April – 31st October )
10am until 2pm ( 1st November – 31st March )

TOUR FEE (2015)
£2 .00 for adults (children under 16 free )
Dover Town Hall is a working building and tour routes may vary depending on functions.

Please ring the Dover Visitor Information Centre 01304 205108 to check tours are running before making a special visit.

The main entrance to the building is accessed via a flight of steps, please telephone the Town Hall if you need to make use of the lift.

Address: Biggin street, Dover

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