Monday 15th October 2018 – Starts at 7:30 pm
William Burges, Dover Town Hall and Cardiff Castle Restorer
Art architect William Burges who provided the “riot of colour” that once covered the interior of the Connaught Hall, part of Dover Town Hall, might have been influenced by taking opium.
This suggestion was made by David Gilchrist when, on Monday, (October 15) he was a guest speaker at a Dover Society well attended public meeting. Mr Gilchrist of St Margaret’s, a former chaplain at Dover College, proved to be an expert on the work of art architect William Burges (1827-1881) who died, aged 53, before he was able to see the result of his designs for Dover Town Hall.
Mr Gilchrist took his audience on a tour of the various UK properties where Burges’ exuberant decorations are still to be seen, including Cardiff Castle where Burges’ work was financed by a Duke of Bute.
Burges’ work at Connaught Hall was carried out around 1881 (and paid for by Dover ratepayers), was partially restored in the 1920s but painted over in the 1950s. There are now moves to restore the hall’s unique “riot of colour.”