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Forester's Hall (Cocoa Rooms)

A Grade II Listed Building in Bagillt, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2695 / 53°16'10"N

Longitude: -3.1722 / 3°10'19"W

OS Eastings: 321922

OS Northings: 375364

OS Grid: SJ219753

Mapcode National: GBR 6Z9M.1P

Mapcode Global: WH76S.72PV

Entry Name: Forester's Hall (Cocoa Rooms)

Listing Date: 8 December 1995

Last Amended: 8 December 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16911

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Approximately 50m NW of Station Road

County: Flintshire

Community: Bagillt

Community: Bagillt

Built-Up Area: Flint

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Opened 6 September 1879. Working men's club and cocoa rooms; architect Peter Bibby, of Flint. The cocoa rooms movement was supported by the temperance lobby to keep working men out of public houses. The building was built by public subscription. The ground floor cocoa rooms proved not to be financially viable, and became a pawn shop by 1885, and later a post office; the institute above with assembly hall (first floor), billiard room (top floor), and staff accommodation continued in use.

Exterior

Pressed red brick with shallow pilaster strips and corbelled eaves; blue brick dressings and bands, slate roofs with red ceramic ridge tiles; 2 large chimneys to L have pilaster strips and corbelled top courses. To road, 3-bay front with lower gabled block to L. Central 3 storey section has, on top floor, broad camber-headed window; to each side of sill dated plaque. On first floor central window as above flanked by smaller windows. Gabled block has first floor camber-headed window and shop window at ground floor. Left elevation has central 3-storey gabled bay with camber-headed window to each floor. Door to each outer bay.

Plain elevation to R. Rear has 3-storey 3 window gabled block (camber-headed windows), with lower gabled block to R.

Reasons for Listing

Believed to have been the first cocoa rooms in Wales. Listed for historic interest.

Other nearby listed buildings

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    Built into slope of ground below the house Windy Ridge; about 50m from old main road between Flint and Holywell.
  • II Church of St Mary
    In large churchyard above High Street.
  • II Bettisfield Colliery Winding Engine House and Heapstead
    Located on the W side of a lane off the N side of the A 548 between Bagillt and Dee Bank. The engine house is straight ahead when passing under the railway bridge.
  • II Bettisfield Colliery Lamp Room
    Located on the W side of a lane off the N side of the A 548 between Bagillt and Dee Bank. The lamproom is on the L immediately beyond the bridge carrying the railway over the lane.
  • II Porch Cottage
    Between entrance to drive of Gadlys Woods Farm, and farmhouse, to NE of drive.
  • II Rose Cottage
    Near entrance to drive of Gadlys Woods Farm
  • II Ivy Cottage
    Approximately 100m N of Gadlys Woods Farmhouse.
  • II Smithy Cottage
    Approximately 100m N of Gadlys Woods Farmhouse.

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