The Lion Ballroom:


The Lion Hotel and Ballroom

The Lion Hotel and Ballroom

by Ann Malpas

ISBN 0 99511995 5 2

Paperback 165mm x 235mm
67 pages, with 36 black and white illustrations.
First published 1997

'The Lion Hotel and Ballroom' was described by the late David Lloyd, the well-known Ludlow historian, as the best account he knew of an assembly room in a small country town. The author, Ann Malpas, was able to establish that the architect, until then unknown, was John Collins, a Leominster man, and that the date of the Ballroom was 1843.

The building is thus a Victorian assembly room in the Georgian style. Unfortunately, by 1843 public assemblies were going out of fashion, as also, with the coming of therailways, were coaching inns.So the Ballroom enjoyed a brief blaze of publicity followed by a long period of total obscurity – as an ironmonger’s showroom – until 1997, when it was restored to a new life as a recital room, cinema and meeting room.





Acknowledgements, Foreword: Norman C Reeves, Introduction.
1.  The Red Lion, a Farmers’ and Market Traders’ Inn.
2.  A Coaching and Posting House,  Royal Mail and distance      travel.
3.  From Red Lion to Lion Hotel,  1840s
4.  The Lion Assembly Room, the magnificent Lion Ballroom      1843.
5.  The Lion Works,  Samuel Alexander, agricultural engineer.
6.  Rescue and Restoration of the venue by the Hinton family.
7.  The Lion Ballroom, architecture and context.
     Illustrations, Biblography & Index


The subject of an article in the Birmingham Post  (6 Oct)

Concert Venue

Sunday afternoon series   Lion Ballroom, Broad St., Leominster HR6 8BT

This might be a moment to explain the background to the running of the Lion Ballroom.  The building is owned by the Hinton family who were responsible some years ago, in conjunction with the National Lottery, for the complete restoration of the building from basically a wrecked state to that which you see today. We are very lucky  through the generosity of the family to have the free use of the Ballroom for our concert series which includes the heating, lighting, kitchen facilities and the beautiful Bechstein piano.  There is no funding of any sort to operate the concert series and all the revenue from ticket sales goes directly to the performers who generously provide their services on that understanding. With that information in mind, you will see that we are keen to raise audience numbers for obvious reasons.  We are also grateful to the Hintons for the printing of posters.  Other small things – programmes, tickets, refreshments etc. are provided by volunteers.


If you would be able to spare a moment or two to contribute to the developement of the concert series, please sent comments and suggestions to   ? We would really value your remarks.