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Built for local people and paid for by the Anstice family and public subscription the Anstice Memorial Hall opened in 1870 to honour John Anstice a respected mine owner, industrialist and philanthropist.
Over the years The Anstice was home to Madeley Library, Lloyds Bank, a Dentist, Madeley Rest Room and provided a place for entertainment, education and socialising. Anstice Square became a popular gathering place for outdoor Madeley celebrations such as coronations, carnivals and parades.
In its heyday the Anstice Ballroom was famous, ‘the best sprung floor outside Blackpool’ holding packed out dances and concerts. Lots of Madeley couples have fond memories of meeting and courting at The Anstice and club membership peaked at almost 3,000 in the early 70s.
But Working Mens Clubs went out of fashion and The Anstice which famously wouldn’t accept women as full members was no exception. Running costs for a Grade 2 listed building were too much for the declining membership and the club went into liquidation in 2014.
Immediately local people started a passionate Save the Anstice campaign, attracting over 900 Facebook supporters in two weeks and lobbying local Councillors for support.
As a result The Anstice was bought by Madeley Town Council who are now working with the Anstice Community Trust to raise funds to modernise the building, give it a much needed facelift and put this much loved local landmark back in its rightful place at the heart of our community.