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Silver End Village Hall

Silver End Village Hall is the biggest village hall in the country. It is in the centre of Silver End, a Modernist development by architect Francis Crittall. Begun in 1926, Silver End was designed to house workers from the nearby Crittall steel window factory, and as such was a self-contained village with all services incorporated into the design. Crittall wrote that for the development, traditional design was sacrificed in favour of light and airy structures.

Silver End can be reached via free shuttle bus from Witham railway station, which also runs to the Bata Estate, Frinton On Sea, University Of Essex and Dunton Plotlands. Click here for a shuttle bus timetable in PDF.

Silver End Village Hall, Broadway, Silver End (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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