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Newtown Old Town Hall, Newtown

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Newtown Old Town Hall was constructed in around 1699 to act as the town hall of the former mediaeval and later rotten borough of Newtown on the Isle of Wight in England. Newtown is now a small village, and its town hall is owned by the National Trust. It is a Grade II* listed building.
After many years of neglect the building was repaired in 1933 under the supervision of John Eric Miers Macgregor OBE, a specialist conservation architect who managed to save the derelict structure. The repair was funded by Ferguson's Gang, a mysterious group of young anonymous benefactors who endowed Newtown Old Town Hall to the National Trust and agreed for it to be run as a Youth Hostel for fifteen years.
An exhibition of the exploits of the Gang can be seen in the building today, which is open to the public during the summer months, for a small admission fee.
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  • Visited the Old Town Hall, whilst walking in the area. Really interesting history, including political funny business mirroring our 2019 goings on! Not to mention a gang of young women, using stealth....  more »
  • We visited the Old Town Hall in Newtown whilst walking around the Nature Reserve here. The building is owned by National Trust and there is a (pay & display) car park just across the road, though...  more »
  • Interesting historical National Trust site. Very friendly, helpful and informative guide when.we visited!
  • Great knowledge from the volunteers, an inspiring history and it's like a tardis - much more inside than the outside of the building let's you believe.

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