Secular Hall, Leicester

Secular Hall, Leicester

Secular Hall was designed by W. Larner Sugden of Leek in 1881 for the Secular Society. Made of red brick, the building is famous as the residence of one of the country's oldest secular societies, which was founded in 1851. The facade of the building is decorated with the busts of five world-famous thinkers - Socrates, Jesus, Voltaire, Thomas Paine and Robert Owen. The walls also sport Masonic symbols.

The building of the hall was proposed in 1872 after George Holyoake, who coined the word "secularism", was refused the use of a public room for a lecture. George Bernard Shaw and William Morris are among the many radical thinkers who have spoken there.

The building is under the protection of the government, as it is an important historical landmark.

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Sight Name: Secular Hall
Sight Location: Leicester, England (See walking tours in Leicester)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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