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Wiltonís is the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. It belongs to the first generation of public house music halls that appeared in London during the 1850s and which, only fifty years later, had all but disappeared.Originally 5 terraced houses, John Wilton opened Wilton's Music Hall in 1858. Since then it has been home to the missionaries, survived two world wars, being a rag warehouse and unfortunately become derelict. Wiltonís heyday as a music hall was short-lived and years of dereliction and neglect have taken their toll on the building and its fabric. The whole of the second floor is boarded up and unsafe for public use. Local repairs need to be carried out to failing brick work and mortar in order to prevent further fabric loss. Funds are being raised to meet the cost of a sympathetic repair project, the Trust does not want however, to tamper with or eradicate the extraordinary atmosphere, which undeniably stems from its crumbling state. Today Wilton's has a programme that varies from sell out puppetry to highly aclaimed poetry, gigs, art festivals, musicals and more.
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