About Us

About Us

About the Bunkhouse

Newbrough Bunkhouse is part of Newbrough Town Hall and is run by a committee of volunteers. The hall is used by many local groups and makes a fantastic wedding reception venue.

The Bunkhouse is only a few miles from Hexham on the Stanegate Road and on a local bus route. If you’re looking for a place to stay then come and join us.

Only a few doors away is the Red Lion pub which serves evening meals. A short enjoyable walk away we have a local shop which serves food throughout the day and some evenings too. Also nearby are The Boatside Inn and Twice Brewed Inn, both to serving food.

Hadrian’s cycleway www.hadrian-guide.co.uk is outside the front door.

If you’re walking there are many baggage drop facilites available. If you need to be picked up from the Wall we can arrange a taxi for you.

About the Building

Newbrough Bunkhouse is a Grade II listed building.

The Newbrough Reading Room and Mutual Improvement Society (later known as the Mechanic’s Institute) was established in 1849. Having quickly outgrown their meeting room, a new building was erected in 1854, funded by public subscription. The building was subsequently enlarged by George J Cookson in 1890.

In 1948 it was gifted to the local Women’s Institute, along with a sum of £100 for decorating and renovation work. Newbrough Women’s Institute was founded in 1923 by over a hundred women from the village, and prior to acquiring the former Mechanic’s Institute, they met in the adjacent Town Hall.

Mechanic’s Institute

Mechanic’s Institute, 1854, enlarged 1890; later Women’s Institute.

Materials: tooled squared stone and tooled and margined raised quoins; slate roof, coped gables with kneelers, tooled and margined ashlar stepped and corniced stacks.

Two storeys and four bays beneath a pitched roof. The three ground floor windows have raised stone surrounds with broad chamfers, and there is an entrance in a similar surround to the right, fitted with a six-panelled door. The three first floor windows are similar, and there is a smaller round-headed stair window to the right. Between the ground and first floor windows are inscribed panels ‘The Women’s’ and ‘Institute’ flanking a framed tablet with the inscription: ‘ESTABLISHED 1848 ERECTED BY SUBSCRIPTION 1854 AND ENLARGED BY GEORGE J COOKSON 1890’

The building was then gifted to Newbrough Town Hall in 2000. After being vacant for a period of time, the current committee decided to turn it into a small bunkhouse.