Village Hall History

Welborne Village Hall

 

Welborne is proud to have its historic school as its village hall.

 

Welborne Village Hall

The former school was built in 1847, extended in early 20th century (C20) and again in early 21st century (C21).  The building was listed in February 2015 at Grade II building status for its architectural interest, completeness, interior detail and historical interest as a building along side All Saints Church (also Grade II).

Our former school is built in flint with buff brick quoins, buttresses, stepped coping and chimney stacks.  The historic rear extension is also built in brick.  The slate roof has been replicated on both the historic extension to the rear of the building and the C21 extension to the north.  A copper ventilator sits central to the ridge.  The moulded stone mullioned windows are complimented by similar moulding around the pointed arch to the porch.

The original school is a three bay, single storey building of simple rectangular plan with a projecting porch to the north-west corner and a rectangular extension to the rear.  A small C21 extension to the north is of a similar plan.  The gothic, pointed arched opening of the porch sits beneath a slated, pitched roof, supported on carved head stops, with stepped coping.  A clock is positioned within the apex.  Diagonal, brick-built buttresses support each of the four corners of the original building although that to the north-east corner has been truncated, presumably in the construction of the historic extension to the rear.  There are two sets of four light, horizontally leaded windows to the left of the porch.  These stone mullioned windows with trefoil tracery and hood moulds are replicated on the southern gable, on the rear elevation of the former school and in the historic extension to the rear.  A reproduction, smaller, two-light window is replicated in the C21 extension.  Brick built external stacks with tapering shafts stand at the rear of the school and on the north elevation of the extension.  That to the rear of the school has angular brick decoration to the upper courses and that to the extension has dentils.

Each gable of the original school building has a quatrefoil ventilation brick in the apex, and that to the south has a blank stone inscription panel above the window.  The school bell hangs from the northern gable, adjacent to the C21 extension.

The C21 extension is built of flint with a two-light reconstructed mullioned window to the front elevation and buff brick to the rear with two UPVC windows.  The northern gable is accessed externally by a timber panelled door.  This extension is of no architectural and historic interest and is excluded from the listing.

Internally the school is comprised of four rooms; the main school room (now used as a village hall); a kitchen (in the historic extension); a WC and cloakroom (in the C21 extension) and a small store room (again the modern extension).  The main school room is lit on three sides by four mullioned windows, below which wide timber panelling extends around all but the front wall; parquet flooring survives throughout.  An imposing moulded stone fireplace, with a stone apron and bottle-green glazed tiles surrounding the grate, sits central to the rear wall.  The roof space was inaccessible at the time of the site visit; an inserted ceiling hides the roof structure but it is understood to survive.

In the north-east corner of the hall a pair of timber panelled and glazed doors open to the kitchen.  The kitchen is lit by a stone mullioned window in the south wall and a modern window in the gable end.

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