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Historical Buildings in East London

Gately House

Gately House, East LondonBuilt in 1878, this was the residence of John Gately, the first mayor of East London, his wife Mary Ann and their 12 children.

It was declared a national monument in 1973 and is furnished in period style. In fact, almost all that is on display belonged to the original owners.

Getting to Gately House

1 Park Gates Road, Telephone: (043)722 2141.

Opening Times:

  • Tuesdays to Thursdays:  10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays:  3pm – 5pm.

City Hall

East London City HallThe foundation stone of the stately City Hall in Oxford Street, on the corner of Argyll Street, was laid in 1897.

Built in Victorian Renaissance style, the marble for the imposing staircase was imported from Carrar, Italy. In front of the City Hall is a memorial statue of Steve Biko, the anti-apartheid activist who was killed whilst in police custody. The Visitors Information Bureau is also situated within the building.

The clock tower commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

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