History

History

Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall has for more than a century been home to town celebrations, family gatherings, cultural events, meetings, trade fairs and sales.

It was built in 1890 for the princely sum of £2,500.  The foundation stone was laid by Prince Albert, Duke of Clarence and Avondale and Grandson of Queen Victoria.  At the time he said that nothing had contributed more to the cultural wellbeing of the nation than the building of public Halls.  Money was raised for the Hall from the sale of £1 shares.  It was intended to be used as a public meeting place and drill hall for local army Volunteers, who stored their weapons in the caretakers’ house next door.  Over the years, Clarence Hall has seen numerous public meetings, plays and performances.  It was built from local sandstone and has a striking wood-panelled ceiling,

Thank you to Crickhowell Archive for the old images.  Clarence Hall has many stories to tell.