The History of Hildersham Village Hall: Hildersham Village Hall has a fascinating history, during WW1 it acted as a Surgical Ward at the 1st Eastern General Hospital sited where the Cambridge University Library is today in Cambridge.
At the end of the Great War, these Army Huts were retired and the residents of Hildersham decided to buy one as a new village hall. The 'Recreation Room' as it was initially called cost just £83 12s 0d and it was finally erected in late 1920. The hut was paid for by the villagers themselves.
An excellent new book on the history of the 1st Eastern General Hospital has been written by Philomena Guilleband it is called 'From Bats, to Beds to Books', as the site the hospital was built on was originally the Kings and Clare college cricket pitches, hence the bats, then a hospital, hence the beds and finally the books as the site between 1931 to 1934 became the Cambridge University Library designed by Giles Gilbert Scott.