A social group promoting the history and amenities of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

 Latest News...

Stow & District Civic Society

 

CivSoc emblem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next talk  ....

Twitter circle blue large

Twitter feed ....

Friday, 1st Feb 2019

 

'Winchcombshire'

The forgotten county

 

By Tim Porter

Not booking yet Click for more information

Stones in his pockets

 

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Malvern Theatre

Next theatre trip ......

Stones-in-his-Pockets

St. Edward's Hall

st edwards h St Edwards a st edwards b st edwards c st Edwards d st edwards e

St. Edward’s Hall in the centre of the town square is not as old as it looks, having been erected in 1877-78 at a cost of £4,000. It was funded partly by subscription and partly by the Stow Provident Bank. When the bank closed down in 1861 it transferred most of the accounts to the new Post Office Savings Bank, but was left with a number of unclaimed accounts. These were prudently invested by the bank directors and the funds were used to build the hall.

 

It was designed by Medland of Gloucester in a typical Victorian Gothic style to ‘harmonise with the Tudor buildings of the district' and replaced a number of older buildings in the square. It soon became the centre for social functions and local government meetings, and the home of the town's library and reading room, plus an art gallery and museum.

 

As can be seen from the photos here, it didn’t originally have a bell tower. This wooden structure was added later to house a fire bell. Up to that point one of the bells in St. Edward’s church was used as a fire bell, until the Reverend Robert William Hippisley insisted that this was affecting the smooth running of the church. A local landowner, Mr E. T. Godman, offered to provide a bell and the hall’s trustees took steps to raise funds for the bell’s turret. This work was completed in 1894.

 

Today, the building houses the library, Visitor Information Centre and an upstairs hall which is home to a large collection of Civil War portraits and is available for use by the community.