History of the Victoria Hall – Lampeter
Below is a brief history of the Victoria Hall – Lampeter.
The ‘Queen Victoria Memorial Hall’ was opened on Wednesday, 23rd. August, 1905, by the Mayor, Ald. Joseph Davies, following a civic procession from the Town Hall at 1.00 pm.
The ceremony was followed by a ‘Competitive Concert’ (Eisteddfod), starting at 2.00 pm in the afternoon, and 6.00 pm in the evening.
The idea of Assembly Rooms for the town had been floating about for several years and the basis of a building fund was the profit from a successful Eisteddfod held in Lampeter in 1894.
He took an active part in various schemes for the improvement of the town. The best service he probably ever did to Lampeter, was to acquire the freehold of the glebe land known as the Bryn.
When Mr David Lloyd, solicitor, offered the site for building fund-raising began in earnest. Unfortunately, David Lloyd died in 1901 and never saw the hall completed.
When enough money had been raised a local architect, Bankes-Price, was engaged, and the builder was Lewis Davies. However, the money ran out before the end of the project and there was difficulty getting a loan for the remainder.
The situation was saved by J. Ernest Lloyd, the Town Clerk, and son of the late David Lloyd, who lent the Town Council the money at very reasonable rates. This loan was gradually paid back by the Town in the years following 1905.
Today the Victoria Hall is a lively venue in the bustling town of Lampeter. Used for a wide range of activities, classes and live entertainment there is always something on suited for all ages.
This makes the Victoria Hall a great choice for your party, event, conference or spiritual gathering. Whatever your interest we are sure you will find something to suit your needs at the Victoria Hall – Lampeter.
Information and images by kind permission of Mr Walters, Lampeter Historical Society