To celebrate the Centenary of Victoria Hall in 1997, Sue Lane (Secretary 1993 to present) researched and authored a fascinating booklet giving a full history of the Hall. It's well worth reading. For example, did you know, that from initial meeting to actual building completion was just 7 months? Quite incredible but true!
A limited number of leather bound copies of the booklet were produced for the Centenary and you'll see one such cover at the start of the booklet. This cover was produced by Tony Stacey.
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Photo of Trustees at time of opening in 1897 with interesting information
Victoria Hall, 1897.
Mary Ridger (nee Griffiths) of Cusop, near Hay-on-Wye,Herefordshire, has sent a photograph of the trustees at the opening of the Hall in 1897. It was found amongst her papers when moving into sheltered housing in Hereford. The possible link is Dr William Arthur Griffiths, the first GP in Wonston and whose efforts led to the building of the Hall. Unfortunately he is not in the photograph. Mary, aged 93, says that William may be a cousin or perhaps no relation at all, but if he was part of her family she would have been proud of what he did. One wonders how the photograph reached Cusop without some family link!
Front row l-r: Gilbert Diddams, Herbert Bailey, Henry Nichol – chairman, Lord Northbrook, Revd. CP Hutchinson, John Milsum
Back ro l-r: Frank Wheeler, William Foster, n/k soldier, Charles Humby, W. Witts, Walter Permain.
A copy of this picture hangs in the Hall but without names. The exciting find from Mary is the names written on the back in fading pencil. They provide a picture of life in Sutton Scotney at the end of the 19th century as we know many of their occupations:
Diddams – coal merchant
Nichol – merchant, Bulllington House.
Northbrook – presumably ‘opened’ the Hall.
Hutchinson – rector of Wonston
Milsum – farmer
Wheeler – carrier
Foster – station master
Humby – gardener
Witts – brick layer & Methodist lay-preacher
Permain – shopkeeper
Sue Lane 16.9.2018
WHO HAS WOUND THE TOWER CLOCK ALL THESE YEARS?
The Hall was built in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria at a cost of £400. A planning meeting was held in the old school in February and seven months later on September 23rd the Hall opened.
The clock tower was added in 1902 and the Turret Clock installed in the same year to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward the Seventh and his Queen, Alexandra. The Clock was made by W H Bailey of Manchester and is an eight day clock.
The following are the residents of Sutton Scotney who have climbed the ladder every week to ensure the good people of Sutton Scotney know what time it is!.
1. 1902 - 1915 Mr Everett
2. 1915 - 1935 Mr Monk
3. 1935 - 1946 Mr Betteridge
4. 1946 - 1981 Ernest Smith
5. 1981 - 2006 Arthur Smith (Father and son for 60 years.)
6. 2006 - 2011 James Rowson
7. 2011 - 2015 James Day
8. 2015 - present Mick Hill (Image below)