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Petworth House - Miners Welfare, Church Street, Lower Gornal.
In 1869 Mr. Thomas Gould, solicitor, moved to Gornal and this house became his residence, the house was named after his birthplace in Petworth, Sussex, Thomas William Dalton Gould died on 29th May, 1909.
His widow Emily was still living there in 1912 with her family, she died in 1919.
Later, around 1915, this became the residence of Arthur Allen, founder of Arthur Allen & Sons, Deepdale, manufacturers of mining equipment.
He called it 'Allendale', Mr. Allen died in 1934.
Mrs. Allen was still living at 'Allandale' in 1940 (N.B., spelling change). [Kellys Trade Directory]
Petworth House or part of, was purchased and converted into a Welfare Institute for the benefit of local miners in 1924.
In 1940, it was referred to as 'Gornal Miners Welfare Club' with the Hon. Sec. being J.L.Smith. [Kellys Trade Directory]
At what point it was split into the two properties is not known, however one of the dwellings is still called 'Allandale'.
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