One of the most impressive buildings in the town of Blaenavon is the Workmen’s Hall. Built in 1895, what is so impressive is that it was funded by the Workmen’s Institute. The group collected and saved a weekly deduction of a halfpenny from all the members’ wages.
Built for the people by the people, the hall’s beautiful Victorian architecture stands out as something truly unique and special to the town of Blaenavon.
When the building opened the ground floor housed a library, newspaper room, magazine room, recreation room, billiard room and committee rooms. The room above was used for concerts, bazaars and political meetings. The Hall was the focal point of the community, providing a library, games, entertainment and recreational activities for decades.
Today, the Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall still provides for the community with a cinema, concert space and snooker & table tennis facilities. It is also the home for many groups and societies, and hosts both conferences and meetings.
It really does show the power of communities and what can be achieved when people come together and pull their weight to help improve the local area.
For more information on the hall’s facilities click here.