Cold Ashby Memorial Village Hall was originally built as a memorial to those from the village who fought and died in the First World War. The land on which it still stands was given by Stephen Matthews and fund raising events were organised.
Built by Gus Bott and Tom Letts, it was opened at 3pm on 24th October 1920 by Sir Rylan Adkins MP.
Initially, the hall was styled ‘The War Memorial Hall’ and intended only for men 'of the artisan and labouring classes' as a games and billiard room.
Eventually, the hall was legally recorded as ‘for the use of the inhabitants of the Village of Cold Ashby and the neighbourhood ... without distinction of sex or political religious or other opinions and in particular for use for meetings lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of the said inhabitants.’
For more information on this and on the men and women from Cold Ashby who served in the two World Wars, and those who did not return, please click here.