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Wark 16 January 1873 A public meeting was held in Wark to discuss the possibility of building a new town hall, which would include apartments for the town hall, reading room, mechanics? institute, and the library, and also two dwelling rooms for the accommodation of the librarian and the superintendent of the premises. Mr. Hugh Taylor of Chipchase Castle promised ?500.
Wark 20 March 1873 Work began on building a new Mechanics? Institution and Town Hall, a site for this building having been bought by Thomas Taylor of Chipchase Castle.
Wark 20 August 1873 The foundation stone of Wark Mechanics? Institution and Town Hall is laid by Mrs. Elizabeth Streatfield, daughter of one of the Hall?s past presidents, Mr. Hugh Taylor of Chipchase Castle, who received a silver trowel at the ceremony
Wark 18 September 1873 A cottage called Bank Head near Wark caught fire and was gutted after being struck by lightning. Its occupants, John Bell and his family, escaped unhurt.
Wark 09 January 1875 The members of Wark Mechanics Institute celebrated their anniversary on New Years?s Day (1875) by a public tea and concert in the New Town Hall, which had been tastefully decorated by Mr. Cram and Mr. Hutchinson. The concert party failed to arrive having been put on the wrong train.
Wark 16 January 1875 A Grand Concert was held in the New Town Hall on Wednesday evening (13th January) when about 300 people were present. Compare 13/02/1875.
Wark 22 May 1875 Wark Town Hall clock was fixed in place this week.
Wark 26 May 1875 The foundation stone was laid of the new United Presbyterian Church by Mrs George Barclay Bruce.
Wark 19 September 1878 The wooden bridge, which spanned the North Tyne at Wark, was being removed and replaced by a handsome iron structure, at a cost of ?1,700.
Wark 26 September 1878 Vehicles had to resort to fording the Tyne at Wark because the old wooden bridge was being replaced by an iron one at a cost of ?1,700.

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