This great archive black and white footage shows men constructing St George's Hall nearly 100 years ago, with flat caps and jackets instead of hardhats and high-vis vests.

The men can be seen carefully walking over beams, without the structured scaffolding you would see today.

Just less than 100 years after the footage was taken during the construction, St George's Hall in Harrow has received a makeover.

The hall is a Grade II listed building which was constructed throughout 1928 and 1929, designed by leading architect of the time, Cyril Farey.

The building was originally built to consist of two halls, a kitchen, classrooms and even a flat, with the two halls capable of holding 170 and 400 people respectively.

At the time, the project cost more than £10,000.

The auditorium has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment

After 87 years of wear and tear, the time finally came to dust off the cobwebs and give the inside of the hall a tidy up.

The rejuvenation work was carried out on the hall's Art Deco style first floor auditorium, consisting of the installation of a new heating system, new windows, roof, kitchen, and refurbishment of the hall flat, all of which is estimated to have cost around £500,000.

Vicar of St George’s Church, Reverend Stephen Keeble, is pleased to see the Art Deco style back in all it's glory.

"The Art Deco character of the auditorium has been obscured for decades," he said.

"It is now revealed in a period-inspired colour scheme including the stage curtains and the Canadian maple floor, returned to its original light honey tones."

Initial design for St George's Church Hall by Cyril Farey

The refurbishment of the Hall is to be marked by a concert on Saturday December 3, where jazz musician, Chris Barber, will play with his band to an audience inside the hall.

The hall was built in 1929

Rev Keeble said: "We are delighted to be able to celebrate the rejuvenation of this stylish jazz age space with period music by jazz legend Chris Barber."

Those interested in celebrating the hall's new look with a night of jazz music can buy tickets by either sending an email to or calling 020 8863 8937.

Tickets cost £20.

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