Clarence Hall Gems – No 7

Posted: 16th December 2022

The Clarence Hall is not only a lovely old building, but it is also a classic example of Victorian architecture and decor.  Thanks to Hall Trustee and Director, David Jeremiah, we’re looking at several of the “Clarence Hall Gems”, as we call them.

As the Hall is refurbished over the coming months, every effort will be made to retain its unique character by way of removing, refurbishing and reinstating original fittings.

The Gem to seek out this month is inside and way overhead!

Looking up, what you will see, is five wonderful and gaudy bronze chandeliers which are as flamboyant as the now deceased person who procured them some forty years ago.  This person, lets call him M, came to Crickhowell, and joined everything!  Outwardly philanthropic, but actually machiavellian, M befriended and beguiled the Hall committee of the time.  As part of a plot to raid the Hall’s finances he magnanimously presented the chandeliers to the Hall, never letting on that they had been purloined.

All’s well that ends well as the law caught up with M and we still have these beautiful lights.  If you wish to know more on this topic, join us for an evening of memories at 7.00pm on Friday, 13 January 2023, when local legends Ryland Wallace and John Webb return for another fascinating illustrated talk on Crickhowell, c.1952-1970 – the recollections of two lifelong inhabitants.