The Old School Hall- a history of serving the community

The Old School Hall is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the Windmill Lane area of Sneinton. Originally part of the Sneinton Trust School, built in 1837, the Hall survived the widespread demolition of school buildings around Nottingham carried out during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Above: View of the school looking up Windmill Lane, 1907*

Above: Pupils of the Sneitnon Trust School, circa 1926-7. Class 2, teacher Miss Fawcett. Frank Woodhouse and Jimmy Hancock are two of the pupils in the photo.*

Above: Pupils of the school photographed in the 1950s**

Above: The Trust School from Windmill Lane, photographed in the 1960s*

Once the main school buildings had been demolished in 1973, the Hall building was used for community meetings, the hardy folk of the area climbing over rubble on the demolition site and then enduring a damp building with no heating, for 12 long years.

Above: In 1973 following demolition of the main school buildings. The rubble strewn area is now a car park, the Old School Hall and a pre-restoration Green's Windmill can be seen in the background.

Above: "Pass the balloon" game in the restored Old School Hall, around 1987.

The renamed Old School Hall was finally converted in 1985 to a Community Centre under the Manpower Services Commission Community Programme - a Government initiative that ran from 1982-88 and provided jobs for the long term unemployed, for community benefit. Following the conversion it was described by Hazel Wilson of the Scout Association in 1987 as:

"...a lovely modern building, with large and small halls, kitchens, small stage and all the modern conveniences".

Joyce Hather of The Sneinton Environmental Society which ran the building was able to rejoice that:

"No longer do we gaze with despair at the water running down the walls or observe with horror the evil looking fungus protruding from the holes in the rotting floor".

Above: "New Life for the Old School Hall"- 1987 version***

Thirty years on from that restoration, the Hall is once again under threat- this time a sustainable plan must be put in place to secure the upkeep of the building for future generations in Sneinton. dOSH is committed to ensuring this happens!

If you have any photos or memories of the Hall in use as a school or Community Centre, please do get in touch via email, or our Facebook page - or leave a comment below. Thank you!

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References:

* Photos Courtesy of Picture The Past

** Nottingham Evening Post, 2nd June 2007

*** "70 years of Scouting: 79th Nottingham Sneinton Church Cub Scout Pack", Pamphlet published by Hazel Wilson, 1987





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