This unusual building in the centre of Godalming has come to symbolise the town. It is known as The Pepperpot because its turret is shaped like a Georgian pepper pot.
Note the old parish pump - until the 1880s there was no piped water supply. All major proclamations are still made on these steps.
For the Pepperpot's timeline, click here
Buildings on this site have served various official functions:
Hundred house, when this was the centre of administration for an area from Puttenham and Artington in the north to Haslemere and Chiddingfold in the south. The last hundred court was held in the 19th century.
Market house, when there was a weekly market in the broadened part of the high Street
Town Hall before the town council moved to its present location in Bridge Street in 1907
The present building was erected by public subscription in 1814, when the previous market house fell into disrepair
At one point, there was a "cage" under the stairs of the Markethouse that was capable of securing one person or prisoner.
Source: Charles Softley
The plaque reads:
THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE WORLD'S FIRST PUBLIC ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ON 26TH SEPTEMBER 1881.NEAR THIS SPOT WAS INSTALLED THE FIRST ELECTRIC LAMP TO LIGHT THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY UNDER THIS PIONEERING DEVELOPMENT. THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED ON THE CENTENARY OF THIS EVENT BY JOHN WEDGWOOD CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN ELECTRICITY BOARD
At some point, this external staircase was added
Since 1907 it has had various uses:
-In the early 20th century the lower part of the Pepperpot was walled in and used as a public convenience
-The lower part has also been a shop and the upper room has housed the museum
-Now the upper part is a function room and the lower section is a meeting place and location for market stalls
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