Monday, November 20, 2006

Westminster Central Hall




Westminster Central Hall stands in Victoria Street, London, directly opposite Westminster Abbey. The Hall serves as a Methodist Church as well as a conference and exhibition centre.

Central Hall was built in 1912 and funded by 1,025,000 contributors between 1898 and 1908 to the 'Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund' (or the 'Million Guinea Fund' as it became more commonly known), whose aim was to raise one million guineas from one million Methodists.

Central Hall hosted the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It has been regularly used for political rallies - famous speakers include Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

On 14 April 1958, the United Nations issued 3c and 8c stamps to commemorate the first meeting of the General Assembly. Both used the same design which pictured Westminster Central Hall and which can be seen on the First Day Covers shown above.

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