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. There is an hourly bus service X85 direct to Newcastle,via Hexham (not on Sunday’s). 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. It’s an easy 15 minute walk to a local shop/filling station which serves food throughout the day until early evenings too. Pre-packed breakfast and lunches can be pre-ordered at the shop, Tel 01434 674978. Also nearby are The Boatside Inn and Twice Brewed Inn, both of which serve food.

The Hadrian’s Cycleway (www.hadrian-guide.co.uk) passes right by our front door.

If you’re walking, many baggage drop facilities are available. If you need to be picked up from Hadrian’s Wall we can provide you with a taxi number.

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.