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Oakdale Workingmen's Institute

Oakdale Workingmen's Institute

This hall was built in Oakdale village centre in 1916. The funds for the building were loaned by Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, and were paid back by the miners over the following years. It was maintained by contributions taken directly from miners' wages, and each "Stute" offered facilities such as reading rooms - where all the daily papers were laid out for viewing - library, billiards or snooker rooms, licensed refreshment (bar) and usually a large function hall which could be used for a variety of purposes. As with many of these Institutes, the hall provided a focal point for the community. This old workingmen's institute was considered such a typical example of Welsh Valley life that it was brought down, brick by brick, from the Welsh Valleys and the reconstructed building can be seen in the St Fagan's Folk Museum.

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