Built in the 1920s and officially opened in 1928, the iconic Empress Building holds almost 100 years of memories within its iconic walls. The cornerstone of the Mexborough social scene for many years, the Empress Ballroom attracted many different forms of entertainer to its grand halls, including huge names from boxing and wrestling, music and dancing, and was even the regular venue for Miss Yorkshire pageants in its heyday.


In 2021, the Empress Ballroom hosted some test events and celebrations as part of Mace’s intention to return the venue to its original purpose as a function room and a local destination venue for socialising and unique events.


2022 and beyond sees a return of the wildly popular Northern Soul nights, alongside special White Collar Boxing evenings, as well as luxurious black tie charity dinners. It is now open for private bookings as a venue for special functions such as wedding breakfasts, birthdays and anniversaries, as well as corporate functions and other such events.

From the archive books of the Empress Building, the dance school of Constance Grant which is now the Constance Grant Dance Centre started instructions and lessons for beginners every Monday from 8th December 1962. Here is a very glamourous photo of Constant Grant we have enhanced and colourised.

Blanche Gamble when she did some modelling at the Empress Building for Madam Florence in the 60s on a runway set in the Ballroom. Madam Florence was an incredibly talented fashion designer with a very well-established outlet in Mexborough. She organised and performed in fashion shows in the Empress Ballroom regularly. According to articles Florence designed the wedding dress worn by Diana Rigg in the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service".

Here are a few photos of her first shop based in Mexborough town centre, she then moved to the Montague Building also in Mexborough. However, the Montague became dilapidated, and she moved out around 2011.

Visitors to the Empress Building Mexborough Royal Air Force pantomime ball February 7, 1948 were treat to an evening with Frankie Howerd.

Saturday the 28th of September 1968 the Empress Building proudly presented the Japanese professional champions Manabu and Masaka Shinoda, who appeared in a “Cabaret Spectacular” in the Ballroom

Bert Clegg and his Dance Band which played regularly at the Empress Ballroom, Mexborough. The photos have been enhanced and colourised.

Angela Morley also played at the Empress Ballroom. Morley received eight Emmy nominations for composing music for television series such as Dynasty and Dallas.

In 1970, whilst still Wally Stott, he married Christine Parker and despite the gender transition to become Angela Morley in 1972, they remained together, a close and devoted couple until Angela's death almost thirty-seven years later

On 27th June 1964, the drinks giant Coca Cola promoted the famous soft drink by giving all the children free bottles of coca cola at the Empress Building Ballroom, Mexborough. Here is a photo we have colourised showing the event with event manager Tony Tarver serving behind the bar.