Every town has its notable quirks and features that it has accumulated over its lifetime; this week’s post highlights the lesser known Rawson Hall, one of the several unique corrugated iron buildings in Sherborne.
The Gravel Pits in Sherborne is the area behind what was, many years ago, The Sherborne Union Workhouse, now known as Durrant’s Close. The name is an obvious sign of its former use.
You can trace the site by walking along Westbury to School Lane, up School Lane, and back along the footpath in front of the quiet cottages -built for the retired employees of the Digby Estate- and also with two larger houses at the end.
Between the cottages and the houses was a gap a land, and Rawson hall, a large corrugated iron hall, was erected there in the early 1900s.
The Hall had been purchased second hand in London by a Miss Rawson for use as a temporary chapel, to help cope with the expansion of the rapidly growing Methodist Church congregation.
Later it was used for the Church Lad’s Brigade, but over the years it became less and less used, and now very sadly, it has become almost derelict and it is hard to recognise its former glory.
In the last 8 years the weeds have taken hold and this poor unloved structure has almost disappeared under elderflower and ivy. It’s so sad to see this happen.
For more info on the hidden History of Sherborne look out for my one off ‘Sherborne Off The Beaten Track’ walk I’m planning for October!