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WOMENS INSTITUTE

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: WOMENS INSTITUTE

List entry Number: 1045014

Location

WOMENS INSTITUTE, NEWBROUGH

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Newbrough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 12-Feb-1985

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 239342

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Building

Mechanic’s Institute, 1854, enlarged 1890; later Women's Institute.

Reasons for Designation

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History

The Newbrough Reading Room and Mutual Improvement Society (later known as the Mechanic’s Institute) was established in 1849. Having quickly outgrown their meeting room, a new building was erected in 1854, funded by public subscription. The building was subsequently enlarged by George J Cookson in 1890.

In 1948 it was gifted to the local Women’s Institute, along with a sum of £100 for decorating and renovation work. Newbrough Women’s Institute was founded in 1923 by over a hundred women from the village, and prior to acquiring the former mechanic’s Institute, they met in the adjacent town hall.

Details

Mechanic’s Institute, 1854, enlarged 1890; later Women's Institute.

Materials: tooled squared stone and tooled and margined raised quoins; slate roof, coped gables with kneelers, tooled and margined ashlar stepped and corniced stacks.

Two storeys and four bays beneath a pitched roof. The three ground floor windows have raised stone surrounds with broad chamfers, and there is an entrance in a similar surround to the right, fitted with a six-panelled door. The three first floor windows are similar, and there is a smaller round-headed stair window to the right. Between the ground and first floor windows are inscribed panels 'The Women's' and 'Institute' flanking a framed tablet with the inscription: 'ESTABLISHED 1848 ERECTED BY SUBSCRIPTION 1854 AND ENLARGED BY GEORGE J COOKSON 1890'

Included for historical interest.

Selected Sources

Other
History, topography, and directory of Northumberland, comprising a general survey of the country, and history of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London; Manchester, 1855.
Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes (1994)
Northumberland Village Book (Villages of Britain), Countryside Books

National Grid Reference: NY 87418 67892

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