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County Hall is a municipal building in Taunton, Somerset. It is the offices and meeting place of Somerset County Council. It is a Grade II Listed building.[1]

County Hall, Taunton
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LocationTaunton, Somerset
Coordinates51°00′48″N 3°06′24″W / 51.0133°N 3.1068°W / 51.0133; -3.1068Coordinates: 51°00′48″N 3°06′24″W / 51.0133°N 3.1068°W / 51.0133; -3.1068
ArchitectE. Vincent Harris
Architectural style(s)Neo-Georgian style
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated5 December 2000
Reference no.1246219
County Hall, Taunton is located in Somerset
County Hall, Taunton
Location of County Hall, Taunton in Somerset


The historic seat of Somerset County Council was Taunton Shire Hall.[2] A new building, which was designed by E. Vincent Harris in the municipal neo-Georgian style, was constructed from English bond buff-coloured and pink bricks with the dressings in Portland stone in 1935.[1] The plan of the three-storey building has two wings at 45 degree to the central entrance block with an arch over the door and a coat of arms on the tympanum.[1]

In 2014 plans were announced for Taunton Deane Council to share the County Hall.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "A Block County Hall and Entrance Forecourt and Pavements". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Shire Hall in Taunton: The fascinating history of this 162-year-old building that needs urgent repairs". Somerset Live. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Blacklock, Daisy (20 August 2014). "Green light for Taunton Deane Council move to County Hall". County Gazette. Retrieved 3 November 2016.