Folk Hall, New Earswick, York

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Working alongside Strategic Team Group, we are delighted to have been part of the latest refurbishment works at Folk Hall. Our mechanical and electrical works included:– Survey of the existing services, strip out existing services, LV distribution, containment, small power, earthing & bonding, voice & data cabling, lighting, mechanical wiring, lift power supplies, fire alarm, disabled refuge alarm, access control, intruder alarm, induction loops, lightning protection, disabled WC alarm, LPHW heating systems, air conditioning, ventilation, hot & cold pipework, gas pipework, AGD systems, sanitaryware, testing and commissioning.

Folk Hall was the brainchild of Joseph Rowntree, founder of the Rowntree’s Cocoa factory. He was appalled at the conditions his employees had to endure in the slums of York, so he had the vision of building a garden village a mile from his factory.  People would have the opportunity of living in one of these houses at an affordable rent.

Building started in 1902, starting with Western Terrace. The houses were modelled on the style of a country cottage. As more houses were built, the population grew and there was a need for a meeting place for the residents to socialise and worship, and for the village council to hold their meetings.

Building of Folk Hall began in 1906 and was completed in 1907, from then on it became the social hub of the village. Eventually the original hall proved to be too small to cater for events and an extension was built in 1935 in the form of a large hall.

Over the years Folk Hall was, and still is an integral part of the community and will be used for various events and meetings. Numerous local clubs and groups will use it, including the New Earswick Musical Society. It also houses the local post office.

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