162 Stanpit, Christchurch, Dorset. BH23 3NE

Registered Charity Number 1199064


A Brief History

Written by Councillor Josephine Spencer,

February 2000

There has been a Village Hall on this site since 1887.

The benefactors were General Evan Maberly and his wife Laura Charlotte. They purchased Mudeford House in 1871 but changed the name to Avonmouth House (now the Christchurch Harbour Hotel). The General gave the land and Mrs Maberly defrayed the cost of the building. It was opened on 11 February 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

Originally known as the Mission Room it was to be used for “religious, educational, musical and political purposes without distinction to sect or party”.

The following extract is taken from the Christchurch Times of February 1887:

‘The mission room which has been erected at Stanpit through the kindness of Mrs Maberly of Avonmouth House, was opened on Thursday evening in a very auspicious manner. The room which is situated on the west side of the main road, is constructed of wood with iron outside.

‘Inside it has a bright and airy appearance and especially bright was it when decorated with flags. It is lighted with gas, and heated by a pair of powerful gas stoves, and is seated with comfortable backed forms. There is a platform of nice proportions at the upper end of the room. At the opening service on Thursday, there was an attendance of about 200. The room being quite full, although many were prevented from attending by the extreme coldness of the weather.

‘General the Hon. B. M. Ward of Burton (son-in-law of Mrs Maberly) presided and the meeting opened with the singing of

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