The Huthwaite tute historically represented a relatively new building with this reported dated opening.
Yesterday at Hucknall Huthwaite the new Institute was declared open. A small house in the village has been utilised for some years as a reading room, but now a handsome building has been provided in Newcastle Street, with well equipped library, reading room, billiard room, pavilion, and quoit ground and all necessary conveniences. Mr J P Adlington of Sutton-in-Ashfield has been the architect, and the work has been executed by Messrs, Gell & Sons of Nottingham, at a cost upwards of £1,000.
The building was officially opened by the Company Chairman, Mr Emerson Bainbridge. His well received speech additionally reported by the Mansfield and North Notts Advertiser dated that 10th February, also cautioned the audience into their warning concerns regarding the tumbling coal prices in a falling market.
Another superb postcard scene sent by Paul Bradshaw dated c1893.
The New Hucknall Colliery Company had previously purchased larger village plots under management of Simeon Watson. Having secured his own palatial home addressed 1891 at Hill House, later called Mill House, they invited working families into modestly sized terraced houses. Constructing the whole length of Newcastle Street this prime corner plot facing onto New Street was left last for siting expected amenities.
Identified in 1900 as keeper of the New Hucknall Colliery Institute was a Henry Evans. Along with secretary John Hick they reappear listed 1912, both presumably witnessing that year the buildings enlargement. Both World Wars demanded its use for billeting and training army troops, and when again hosting social dance parties, they were held in the commonly addressed Drill Hall. A jump into Kelly's 1945 directory simply identified Herman Wharmby, secretary the Institute and Reading room. The extension of its concert room is currently estimated circa 1951.
Vaguely recalling my first attendance being at some Junior School classmates birthday party. Most brought a present, but all were armed with an unbreakable plastic plate and dish. The Sweet was not a dessert, but like Slade were then a disco group played at 45rpm on stacked vinyl records. The snooker table attracted my patronage, retaining popular use in its own fronting corner room. Mechanical one armed bandit slot machines ate others money, but a lastly installed bar room pool table could not halt the dwindling trade.
Certainly proving very popular when staging weekend live acts and more frequent bingo nights to a packed audience, where everyone fiercely claimed their own regular seat position. After the Huthwaite pit closed the Tute continued being run by committee until eventual sale. Attempts were made to maintain business, but several private ventures failed to reclaim neglected pride facing competition between other pub renovations by major breweries. Although partially re-roofed the empty property eventually sustained far greater fire damage. Bought by the local Doctor Smith it was soon demolished during 1992, and capturing its ultimate demise on amateur video after standing 99 years the album by Brian Hayes shares more extracted stills.
An exposed plot firstly sited a new Huthwaite Chemists, which bottoms New Street handily adjacent the Health Centre. Main area did however long continue laying waste, until eventually sold for constructing a row of modern town houses facing Newcastle Street also progressively photoed into 2007 completion.
Written 15 Dec 04 Revised 19 Aug 09 © by Gary Elliott