Old Marston Parish Council
There are two memorial gardens in Old Marston, both belonging to St Nicholas Parish Church. One is situated on Oxford Road opposite the former Three Horseshoes pub. This used to be the site of the building that was know as the Reading Room, which fell into disrepair and was demolished in the 1960s. The other memorial garden is situated next to the parish church. Below are pictures from both.
Standing at the roadside, in the middle of the village it was used as a carpenter's workshop by the late Mr. J. Honour. After Mr. Honour's death in 1916 the building was first rented and then sold by Mrs Honour to the then Vicar, the Rev.J.H. Mortimer, who converted it into a Reading and Club Room for the men of the village. But it was not long before it was being used for all the village activities.
It was in the upper, or Reading Room as it was called, that-
In 1929 Mrs Honour had the idea of converting the lower room, and offering it to the W.I. for their exclusive use – a .. suggestion which was very warmly approved by the members.
The war years brought change. By this time the Institute had moved across the road to the British Legion Hall and what had previously been their home became the overflow for the Village School. The Reading Room had not however, seen the last of the W*.I. In 1948 back they came, but this time to the upper room
which had seen their beginning. They were now the tenants of the Church to which Mr Mortimer had given the building.
With the passage of time the Reading Room fell into disrepair and it was felt that the structure was not sound enough to justify any large amount being spent on repairs. Yet village activities continued to take place there but only because at that time there was no other hall available. At last the time came when the children moved to the new Primary School and the Reading Room was no longer considered safe for large gatherings.
It was at this point that a member of the Church offered to buy the Reading Room -
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