At the onset of hostilities in 1914 various large temporary huts were erected at a site on the outskirts of Romsey to house and train the thousands of horses that were needed for the War effort, many were shipped in from Canada and North America, landed at Southampton and taken to this Remount facility. At the end of World War I the Government of the Day decided to sell off these now redundant buildings.
Daniel Hanbury, a local benefactor, bought two of these huts probably at the instigation of his wife who was a staunch supporter of the then newly formed W.I. that was in need of a large venue for their meetings (well over 100 women from the village and surrounding area). In 1920 the newly positioned huts formed the main part of the building that you see today. Its purpose was for the benefit of the villagers and local area, and it was known as The Minstead Hut, which was the largest community building then (as now) in the New Forest.
Over the Century it has had many uses and has been centre of so many local activities as it continues today – it even underwent a name change after the villagers had paid off the debt to buy the building in 1963 (don’t know the history? – Read it in the Congelton Room). It is now known as The Minstead Hall.
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The images below are on display in the Minstead Village Hall showing the history of Minstead.
Minstead Hall is the largest of its kind in the New Forest. The main hall (65ft by 45ft) with its modern wooden floor and PA system makes it very suitable for dances, Wedding receptions, family gatherings, conferences, concerts, children’s parties, quizzes, theatrical productions, bingo etc. The Hall is licensed to 240 people. It has full disabled access and toilets, kitchen, bar and central heating. A stage and backstage area are also available at one end of the hall. There is a skittle alley along one side which can be booked separately. A noise level inhibitor is installed to control the volume of amplified music/sound. There is a large amount of parking available around the hall in particular within the dedicated car park accessible from the front entrance. Please avoid parking on the verges.
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