Tracing history of 5 Belmont

Staff at Shropshire youth arts charity the Hive are looking to fill in some gaps in the history of their unique town centre base on Belmont - and the appeal has been launched to the general public, whom it is hoped may have personal insights or old photographs to hand of the building throughout the decades.

Whilst in 2013 the Hive is a thriving space for young people and the wider community with a diverse variety of events and projects; 5 Belmont would have begun life as a grand townhouse in the 1800s with an extensive garden and lots of period features, such as wood panelling, beautiful wooden staircases and stone fireplaces for example.

It is also thought that like an adjoining premises on the corner of Belmont Bank, the stylish brick facade and stone doorway may have been added to the outside of a timber-framed building which is much older.

Number 5 has a Grade listed frontage onto Belmont - however the majority of the current building is a large extension which was built in the 1960s, originally with a more sports orientated use - but now providing performance space, gallery area and studio spaces plus more.

People across the region are encouraged to get in touch should they have any details at all of 5 Belmont before the building had it's current use as a community venue. Anyone with information of the property's history pre-1960s would be of particular interest - along with any photos or illustrations which local people may possess of the exterior or interior of the building alike.

Habib Malik-Mansell of the Hive said "Lots of people know the Hive as a venue and with the current building set-up which we have with us today - but I think very few people realise that the first part of the building which fronts Belmont itself, would have been an 1800s townhouse."

He added "I'm really interested to draw upon the knowledge of local people, to help us trace the history of the building from the 1800s to 1960s; wouldn't it be great for example, to know about the families who lived in it during it's early life!"

Anyone who has a story to share about 5 Belmont, SY1 1TE which is now the Hive - previously Belmont Arts Centre and Shyan - are asked to email Habib direct on [email protected]