#66 - Discover the Town Hall without a town at Newtown
Isle Of Wight
AboutAmongst fields and a few houses on a single track road sits Newtown Town Hall, an oddity in British political history.
For some time, Newtown was a notable medieval town but despite dwindling to a hamlet it was given the right to send two MPs to parliament - most notably George Canning, who was briefly Prime Minister in 1827.
Eventually, Parliament reformed and this sleepy corner of the Isle of Wight was declared a ‘rotten borough’ and stripped of its right to elect MPs.
The town hall might have not have survived without a town to support it, but a campaign was launched in the 1930s by a group of masked campaigners who called themselves the Ferguson Gang.
The publicity stunt worked and the money was raised to save the Hall, which is now owned by the National Trust.
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