Traditionally, the hall of a crafts, trade, or merchants' guild. Nowadays, often used to describe a TOWN HALL.

Related Terms

Term Note
EXCHANGE A multi-purpose commercial building, used primarily as a trading place for merchants, but also incorporating shops, public offices, guildhalls, etc.
HALL A large building or room used for a specific function. If not domestic, use specific term, e.g. VILLAGE HALL.
MARKET HALL A purpose built covered market hall, usually 19th century.
MARKET HOUSE A market building, pre-19th century, incorporating other function rooms, e.g. theatres, courtrooms, schoolrooms.
TOWN HALL A large building used for the transaction of the public business of a town, the holding of courts of justice, entertainments and other activities, following the Municipal Reform Act of 1833.