Newtown Old Town Hall

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Coordinates: 50°42′48″N 1°24′05″W / 50.7132°N 1.4013°W / 50.7132; -1.4013

Newtown Old Town Hall, front with portico
Newtown Old Town Hall, rear entrance
Meeting room

Newtown Old Town Hall was constructed in around 1699 to act as the town hall of the former mediaeval and later rotten borough of Newtown on the Isle of Wight in England.[1] Newtown is now a small village, and its town hall is owned by the National Trust.[2] It is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

After many years of neglect the building was repaired in 1933 under the supervision of John Eric Miers Macgregor OBE, a specialist conservation architect who managed to save the derelict structure. The repair was funded by Ferguson’s Gang, a mysterious group of young annonymous benefactors who endowed Newtown Old Town Hall to the National Trust and agreed for it to be run as a Youth Hostel for fifteen years.[1]

An exhibition of the exploits of the Gang can be seen in the building today, which is open to the public during the summer months, for a small admission fee.[4]

The Gang were influenced to save the Old Town Hall by Black Mary, a supporter of Ferguson's Gang and the mother of Peggy Pollard (AKA Bill Stickers) whose home on the Island was close by.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bagnall, Polly; Beck, Sally (2015). Ferguson's Gang: The Remarkable Story of the National Trust Gangsters. Pavilion Books. ISBN 978-1-909-88171-6.
  2. ^ "Newtown Old Town Hall". National Trust. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  3. ^ Historic England. "NEWTOWN TOWN HALL (1209336)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Newtown Old Town Hall - What to do and see". National Trust. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  5. ^ Hutton-North, Anna (2013). Ferguson's Gang - The Maidens behind the Masks. Lulu Inc. ISBN 978-1-291-48453-3.

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