An old Town Hall in Puck

Historical trait
 

The oldest, medieval Puck Town Hall was built probably in the 14 th century. It was standing on the market-place, but unfortunatelly to our times any information about its exact localization or architecture survived. In 1528 Puck's townspeople built a new one, also on the market-place. According to town documents coming mainly from

13th and 19 th century the building had 74x35 feet, that is 20,7x9,8m. I was a single-storey house, about 18 feet high, that is a little bit more than 5metres. Walls were built of wood and brick. Town Hall had a tower, with a clock and a bell. Inventory from the end of XVIII century mention seven rooms: Town Council boardroom, Courtroom, Archive, Prison and three flats. In this building town archives, measurement standards,town scale with weights were kept.

 

At the beginning of 19 th century the Town Hall was in a very poor technical condition, When in 1808 the tower had collapsed, whole building was remodeled. Finally the Town Hall burned at night from the 23 rd on the 24 th of May 1863. Its leavings were pulled down, all the place stranded and leveled away. New Town Hall was builded in 1865.

XIX century Puck plan with Town Hall marked on the central part of the market-place.

 

 

 
Research plan
 

GPR surveys were done on almost whole area of existing Puck market place with the exeption of surrounding asphalt streets. All researched area ( in the “local shape” 30mx78m) was divided into 5 smaller areas, in order to carry out the research properly. On each area transverse profiles at 0,5m intervals were done. Generally there were made 162 GPR profiles.

Case study
 

Readout and analysis of obtained GPR data gave a picture of anomalies distribution from the examined places at the market-place. Strong and clear anomalies appeared in the central part of the findings. Shape and the character of the anomalies ( layout at 90 angle) indicates a high probability of occurring remains of medieval architecture being fragments of the Town Hall. Anomalies appear at about 0,90m depth and are present until 2,5m. During the analysis of the GPR data all parts of the present infrastructure and other irrelevant elements were omitted. The GPR surveys done on the Puck market place were successful, and confirmed the use of the GPR method in this kind of researches. On the explored area it was possible to point a place with very strong anomalies characteristic for the remains of the old architecture. On this basis a conclusion can be draw, that at this place fragments of the searched town hall are located.

 

 
 
Plan of the anomalies distribution – location of the Town Hall