About The Old Grammar School, Middleton

Old Grammar School MiddletonWhen you’re looking for a venue for your party, wedding, celebration or conference, you’ll be searching for something that provides a unique experience for your guests. The Old Grammar School in Middleton goes above and beyond this with both a beautiful setting and excellent service.

The building itself is steeped in history; as soon as you step through the doors you’ll be submerged in the character of the old village school. The quaint characteristics run through the Grade 2 listed building, which provides a gorgeous backdrop to your special event. There is a 600 year history to our venue, which you really must visit to experience for yourself.

The Old Grammar School was built in 1586 to replace Thomas Langley’s Parish school, founded in 1412. It was named ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School’ and was a church school granted letters of patent by Queen Elizabeth I herself. It existed to provide a ‘free and perpetual’ education in the Parish of Middleton.

In 1909, the grammar school closed before being used by charities. It was home to sunday school sessions, mission services and outreach, and was staffed by a Church Army Sister or Captain. Later in the 1960s, the building was leased to the Middleton Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Finally, in 1997, the Old Grammar School was restored to its current wonderful standard. The National Heritage Lottery Board and English Heritage provided the funds for its refurbishment, which has led to making it the town’s most graceful wedding and party venue and setting for corporate events.