What Makes The Old Grammar School Special?

Old Grammar School MiddletonFinding a unique venue for your wedding, private party or business conference can often feel like a struggle. However, once you land your eyes on The Old Grammar School in Middleton you won’t need to search any longer. So why not provide a wonderful experience for your guests by having your event at our venue, which boasts a beautiful setting combined with our excellent service?

When you step over the threshold, you’ll quickly discover the history of the building itself. Suddenly you are transported back to the days when it was used as old village school, some 600 years ago. You’ll see historic characteristics as you explore; isn’t that what Grade 2 listed buildings are about? There is gorgeous stone work inside which is sure to provide the most elegant backdrop to your special event.

It’s interesting to learn of how The Old Grammar School came to be Middleton’s most graceful wedding venue, so here is a brief overview. In 1412, Thomas Langley’s Parish school was built on the land; it was later replaced by the ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School’ in 1586 – this is where our name originates. This church school gave a ‘free and perpetual’ education to those in the Parish of Middleton, and it granted letters of patent by Queen Elizabeth I herself.

When the school closed in 1909, the building was then used for a number of charitable purposes. A Church Army Sister or Captain would staff Sunday school sessions, mission services and outreach. Later, the Middleton Operatic and Dramatic Society used the premises during the 1960s.

The National Heritage Lottery Board and English Heritage decided to fund the refurbishment of the building in 1997, which is how you see it today. The wonderful standard it has been brought to is what makes it so appealing as a wedding and events venue to you and many others looking for a unique and quaint space.