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Celynen Collieries Workmen's Memorial Hall, including forecourt wall and gates

A Grade II* Listed Building in Newbridge, Caerphilly

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6638 / 51°39'49"N

Longitude: -3.1474 / 3°8'50"W

OS Eastings: 320739

OS Northings: 196737

OS Grid: ST207967

Mapcode National: GBR HZ.6H13

Mapcode Global: VH6DG.DFGW

Entry Name: Celynen Collieries Workmen's Memorial Hall, including forecourt wall and gates

Listing Date: 17 March 1999

Last Amended: 4 July 2007

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82346

Location: Near corner with Meredith Terrace, set back from street, with C20 link to Workmen's Institute.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Newbridge (Trecelyn)

Community: Newbridge

Built-Up Area: Newbridge

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Bears date 1924. Architect Evan DT Jenkins, builder Ewart Evans of Newport. Opened Saturday March 14, 1925. A dancehall on the ground floor has a combined cinema/theatre above.

Exterior

Tall frontage facing High Street in pressed red brick with yellow brick and bathstone dressings. Side and rear elevations in local stone also with yellow brick dressings; hipped slate roof with large louvred ventilator. Three bay front of three apparent storeys. Narrow central bay has flanking pilasters which run up above parapet level; lunette with tall keystone and leaded glazing with stained glass panels; segmental head to doorway obscured by later porch. Outer bays have tall windows with cross glazing; pilasters to ends. Sides have camber-headed windows with yellow brick dressings; rear (where ground is higher) has broad doorway to rear of stage, and blocked windows at ground level. Front area bounded by low wall with brick piers and decorative iron gates and railings.

Interior

Lobby with marble war memorial tablet, paybooth, and flanking steps up to cinema. Dance hall sprung floor, original ceiling preserved above later suspended ceiling. Two stages, with steps between. Original grilles above windows.
Above dance-hall is cinema with high quality and exceptionally well-preserved auditorium. Lobby with art-deco style paybooth. Auditorium in classical style. Segmental ceiling with classicising ribs and decorative vents. Proscenium arch with gilded bead-and-reel, acanthus, and Greek key mouldings; Egyptian motif to tympanum above. Backstage area has screen frame, and theatre machinery. Body of auditorium has acanthus cornice, band with roundels above band of Vitruvian wave moulding. At lower level, oak panelling. To sides, round-headed windows with fanlights and screens with Islamic style piercing. Between windows, and flanking proscenium, painted roundels with scenes of heavy manual labour, below these, later (?) panels with depictions of Boy Scout movement. To rear, gallery with enriched bow front; panelling and enrichments also to underside of gallery. Seats still in situ in gallery, stalls seats currently stored in gallery. Behind gallery, projection booth with 2 mid-C20 sound projectors, and partly extant RCA Photophone valve amplifier.
The interior of the building retains virtually all its original doors and many fittings.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* for its unusually high-quality and well-preserved cinema interior, amongst the best interiors of any workingmen's hall in Wales. Group Value with adjacent Workmen's Institute and th Church of St Paul opposite.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Celynen Collieries Workmen's Institute
    Near the centre of town, on a corner site with Meredith Terrace,fronting the main thoroughfare leading westwards out of town.
  • II Church of St Paul
    On the main E/W thoroughfare through Newbridge leading to Pontllanfraith, surrounded by lawn, yard and church hall to rear.
  • II* Cwmdows Farmhouse
    Aligned N/S at right angles to the road, set on a platform in the hillside and now surrounded by C19 and later housing development.
  • II Beulah Baptist Church and attached wing and gateway
    Set above the road running along the W bank of the River Ebbw, a little N of the town centre, side on to the road and facing a churchyard.
  • II Preswylfa
    On a corner site with Hall's Road, facing the main thoroughfare, at the end of a terrace towards the west of the town.
  • II Pentwyn-isaf
    On the hillside on the W slope of Cwm Dows, in NW part of the community, reached by a farm track from Field's Park Road,
  • II* Church of Our Lady of Peace and attached Presbytery
    On the N edge of Newbridge, near the border with the Crumlin Community, on the W hillside of and overlooking the Ebbw Valley. Set on a walled terrace with gate piers and terraced steps, incorporating
  • II Former Hall's tramroad and railway tunnel E portal
    On the W side of the community, in a deep cutting which runs S of the main thoroughfare; a bridge carries the road across the portal.

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