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The Village Hall, Quorn

The hall was built on the site of a tannery in 1889. A meeting chaired by Mr Farnham agreed that the best way forward to achieve a village hall was to set up a company consisting of shareholders with a subscribed capital to provide the cost. By September of 1889, a list of 46 shareholders had been drawn up. The Farnhams, Cradocks, Warners and Wrights were named along with ordinary village folk such as Isabella Corlett, the school-mistress; the Cufflings, coal merchants; the Fewkes, builders; Mr North, the postmaster; Mr Richardson the butcher and Mr Sault, innkeeper.

In 1891 a skittle-alley was added and tennis courts in 1892. In 1892 the back room was let as a private school to Miss Emma Jacques of Mountsorrel.

In 1897 the hall was used as temporary accommodation for pupils of Rawlins School which was then being built. During World War 1 wounded soldiers were entertained in the hall.

The company was wound up in 1911-12 when the shareholders gave up their interest in the property and it was conveyed to the Quorn Urban District Council.

In 1910 the printed report from the Directors stated:
"..The Directors note with sincere regret the death of Mr W.E.J.B Farnham on the 30th June last. He was the first Chairman of the Company, and in addition to giving the site for the Hall and Tennis Courts, he was indefatigable in his endeavours to obtain a commodious Hall and premises for the requirements of the Village".

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 Submitted on: 2009-06-26
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 48
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