Located in Houghton le Spring, near Sunderland, England.
The actual building was once known as Newbottle House, built around 1720. The house was used as a residence for many years, before being used as a Doctor’s office and Surgery.
Sometime between 1910 and 1914 the building became the Newbottle Workingmen’s Club.
Margaret Bowery, listed on the first Indenture… Was born Margaret Marianne Bradley, 1813, at Enniskillen, Ireland. Married Robert Bowery in 1838 at Westmorland. Robert was born in Newbottle about 1803. Robert’s widowed mother, Hannah Bowery, was living in Newbottle House in 1841, along with her daughter or daughter-in-law, Isabella Bowery. Robert died in 1869 at Sunderland. Robert was the son of Robert Bowery and Hannah Hutchinson, who were married 13 June 1798. I believe Hannah/Ann Hutchinson may have been born at Kirby Stephen, Westmorland. Margaret Bowery was living at Newbottle House during the 1841 Census.
I believe that the Thompson family inhabited the house in 1851.
I believe that the Thompson family continued to inhabit the house in 1861. Front Street was called “Houghton Road” at this time.
The census for 1871 lists Charles Tennant, surgeon, as occupying Newbottle House.
The census for 1881 also lists Charles Tennant, surgeon, as occupying Newbottle House.
The 1891 census lists John T. Hutchinson, general medical practitioner, as occupying Newbottle House.
The 1901 census lists William Forrest, surgeon, as occupying Newbottle House.
Kelly’s Directory for 1910 lists William Forrest as occupying Newbottle House.
In 1914 it is listed as the Newbottle Workmen’s Institute in the Kelly’s Directory for Durham. John Southgate listed as secretary.
During the time that the house was used as a doctor’s residence and surgery it is believed that one of the cellars was used as a morgue.