In 1891 E. W. Mountford submited his design in the competition to become architect for Battersea’s proposed ‘Parochial Offices’. The foundation stone of the building was laid one year later and the Battersea Town Hall was inaugurated on the 15th of November 1893. The Grand and Lower Halls were always used for entertainment and education. In addition, the Grand Hall, whose lobby carries the motto of the original Council, “Not for me, Not for You, but for Us”, was often hired for political meetings.
Three years later, in 1896, the Shakespeare Theatre and Opera House opened at 168 Lavender Hill.
In 1899 the metropolitan Borough of Battersea was formed, replacing Vestry of St Mary’s.