Built on the site of a Flemish house with large chimneys and fireplaces Raven Hall (formerly Thomas' Hall) had storage on the ground floor
and before WW1 an upstairs venue for plays and travelling film shows.
It became the warehouse for B.R. Thomas' Emporium (Raven House) where heavier items could be collected, like cement, paraffin, slates and coal. When B.R. Thomas closed in the 1930s it was used to billet soldiers during the second world war.
After its partial conversion into dwellings in the 40s Ninny Dark used to cut hair in her front room and use the hair to make shell sculptures. She was Dylan's barber, and whilst trimming his hair before his last American trip noticed boils on his neck - a known sign of diabetes, and one of the many things that caused his death. Maybe there's a shell sculpture out there with the poet's locks attached.
In the 1980s the ground floor housed a dolls museum, and the basement was Steve Treacy's tee shirt printing business, but today the whole building is residential.
Ravenhall in the 1980s
A fascinating photo from outside Raven Hall which shows the back end of Raven House
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