Scarth Memorial Hall in Staindrop village was opened in 1875, in memory of Thomas Freshfield Scarth, land agent to Lord Barnard, 4th Duke of Cleveland, of Raby Castle. The foundation stone was laid on 18 November 1874 by J W Pease MP following the rating of £1693 from across the area.
An extension to the rear was added in the 1920’s in memory of the Staindrop men who died in the First World War. A brass plaque in the smaller meeting room draws attention to this. On 10 November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 a new plaque listing the 41 fallen was unveiled by Lord Barnard. It is now at the top of the stairs leading to the post war addition. Anyone is welcome to view this by prior arrangement, and so long as no disturbance is caused to other hall users. A blue plaque at the front door, installed in 2019, refers to this.
During the Second World War, the hall was used to provide NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) facilities to soldiers stationed in Staindrop. The Leicesters were the first to arrive, and were accommodated in huts built along the Coach Road and in private houses.
In the late 1940s/1950s, there was a cinema in the main Hall, and the upstairs was used as a reading room with newspapers and books.
Following a major programme of improvement and refurbishment which was completed in September 2016, there is once again a cinema in Scarth Hall, as well as an IT suite and a range of modern, accessible facilities. Most importantly it is a hall that is owned and managed by the people of Staindrop under the banner ‘a hall for all‘. We look forward to welcoming you!