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History of V & A Halls
Alexander Gordon, formerly of Littlemill, Girnoc, son of a farmer and wool-dyer, became a successful businessman in the brewing industry, with Caledonian and Lyndhurst breweries. He gave a generous subscription towards me building of me Church, but he is better known for his gift to me village of the Victoria and Albert Halls. He was born in 1818, second son of a tenant farmer and Betty Gauld, a native of Migvie. There were also two sisters. Alexander and his brother John stayed for a time with a farming uncle, William Gauld, teacher and preacher. They received a sound education, perhaps at Logie Coldstone. Alexander was apprenticed to a Mr.Rattray in Dundee, where another uncle was Rector of the Academy. Alexander seems to have had charge of a brewery in Aberdeen at an early date, - when little more than 18 years old. In 1838 he was at Lochnagar Distillery and then went to London. The other brothers went to Ceylon. Once in London, Alexander Gordon threw himself into his work at the brewery, but became increasingly interested in engineering. In 1844 he married Elizabeth Mickle. In the course of years he built his own breweries and became very wealthy. Perhaps because Alexander witnessed a drowning in the Dee, he vowed to replace Polhollick ferry with a bridge when he had money to spare. He did that in 1892. An even bigger gift was the Halls, for public entertainment and education. The Albert Hall opened in 1874, the Victoria Hall in 1895. The Gordons had no family. Alexander died in 1895, his wife some months later.

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Albert Hall
Located upstairs through the entrance to the left of the Library, this beautiful room is accessed via stairs or a lift and has access to to modern catering facilities in the kitchen. Often used for concerts, dances, and wedding receptions, the Albert Hall has a stage and natural lighting including an stained glass window designed by Howard Butterworth.

 

Victoria Hall
A large room with a stage and adjustable lighting, suitalbe for theatre productions, dances, receptions and table sales. With a capacity of 150 persons, access is on ground level at the door directly off Station Square. Access is available to a kitchen and disabled toilet facilities.

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Mike Sheridan Room
Located above the library, this room has a capacity of 120 persons with kitchen facilities. A comfortable, carpeted room, access is via stairs or a lift through the door to the left of the library.

 

Beaton Craigie Room
The entrance to the Beaton Craigie Room is located on Monaltrie Road.

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