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Jubilee Hall Established

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Jubilee Hall established in 19th century

Powburn’s first village hall was built in 1897. It was a simple design, made from corrugated iron and timber, and cost £150 to build – the equivalent of around £23,000 as at the end of 2022 [Note 1].

Known as the West Hedgeley Jubilee Hall, it was constructed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee

The building was erected about one mile to the north of the village on the west side of what is now the A697: the main road through Powburn.

Soon afterwards, the ‘Jubilee Hall’ was founded as a place to conduct community activities by a lease dated 24 March 1898. The lease was provided for a term of 99 years from 1 January 1898, at the yearly rent of one shilling [Note 2].

From the outset, the hall was used for a variety of activities, including Sunday School, public dances, whist drives, and private functions such as weddings.  

Black and white photo of the interior of the Jubilee Hall in Powburn
Interior of Jubilee Hall (date unknown, but c. 1900) [Ref: BVPC0329]
Monochrome photo of wedding guests in front of village hall
Photo showing exterior corrugated iron cladding of Jubilee Hall 1952 [Ref: BVPC0139]
Photo showing interior wood panelling of Jubilee Hall early 1970s [Ref: BVPC0463]

What happened to Jubilee Hall?

The Jubilee Hall is still in use today (December 2022) as the Powburn Scout Adventure Centre under the auspices of Tynemouth Scouts.

Photo of side elevation of corrugated iron and timber Scouts hut
Former Jubilee Hall (side elevation) 2022 [Ref: BVPC0522]
Now used as an adventure centre for Scouts.
Photo showing entrance door into corrugated iron and timber Scouts hut
Former Jubilee Hall (entrance) 2022 [Ref: BVPC0523]
Compare this to the view of the ‘Photo showing exterior corrugated iron cladding of Jubilee Hall’ above [Ref: BVPC0139] that was taken in 1952.
Photo of corrugated iron and timber hut taken from the corner of the building
Former Jubilee Hall (corner view) 2022 [Ref: BVPC0524].
The corrugated iron and timber construction is apparent.
Photo of corrugated iron and timber hut viewed from across a road
Former Jubilee Hall (location) 2022 [Ref: BVPC0525]
Viewed from across the A697 road: a main route from England to Scotland. Even today there is no footpath or street lighting: making it unsafe and difficult to cross the road. This was a major reason why the Breamish Hall Committee decided to buy the old Co-op Store to become the new village hall in 1968.

Notes

  1. CPI Inflation Calculator ‘Value of £150 from 1897 to 2022’ [WWW] https://www.in2013dollars.com/uk/inflation/1897?amount=150 Accessed 08 November 2022.
  2. Before the UK’s decimalisation of its currency in 1971, one pound sterling was equal to 240 pennies. One shilling was worth 12 pennies, i.e., one-tenth of one pound.
Photo of an 1890 silver Victorian shilling
1890 solid silver Victorian shilling. Found in the Plough Inn private garden. It’s tempting to think, therefore, that this may have exchanged hands in the Jubilee Hall [Ref: BVPC0529]

Credits

NB: Dates in (brackets) indicate the year when the images were first shared with either the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection or the Breamish Hall Heritage Project and, therefore, the date when permission to use the images was granted.

  • Header image: crop of BVPC0329 (see below)
  • BVPC0329: Sally Tait personal collection (2022)
  • BVPC0139: Chris Robinson personal collection (2019)
  • BVPC0463 (cropped): Hedgeley Women’s Institute from ‘Hedgeley WI Golden Jubilee Book 1930-1980’ (2022)
  • BVPC0522: Graham Williamson personal collection (2022)
  • BVPC0523: Graham Williamson personal collection (2022)
  • BVPC0524: Graham Williamson personal collection (2022)
  • BVPC0525: Graham Williamson personal collection (2022)
  • BVPC0529: Robbie Burn personal collection (2022)

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