Held AtGloucestershire Archives
LevelCollection
Alt Ref NoD4480
TitleCirencester Temperance Society
Date(1756)-1988
DescriptionTemperance Hall trustees' minutes (1847)-1924 and committee minutes 1903-1905; Society minutes *1889-1897, 1897-1922; deeds (1756)-1925; accounts 1928-1988
Admin HistoryTemperance Hall, the first of its kind in the West of England, was built in 1846 by Christopher Bowly, a member of a prominent local Quaker family and of the Cirencester Temperance Society (founded in 1833). The trust was administered by Quakers until 1924. A detailed account of the history of the Hall and its trustees is contained in D4480/5/2
From 1938, the Hall was leased by Gloucestershire County Council and after the war it was used as a dining hall for Powell's Junior School. Increased maintenance problems led to its sale in 1975 to the Salvation Army; the renovated building was reopened in 1977
The Salvation Army hold two documents relating to the early days of the Hall: the sale notice for the brewery buildings in Thomas Street which formed the site of the Hall, 1845, and an extract from Christopher Bowly's speech at its opening in December 1846 [both reproduced in D4480/5/2]
Custodial HistoryDeposited by Cirencester Temperance Trust per the secretary, 19 July 1982, 13 August 1996 and 20 September 2006
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