About The Old Grammar School

Old Grammar School MiddletonA truly unique venue, The Old Grammar School is steeped in history. As you step through the doors of this 600 year old property, you will instantly feel the warmth and character of what used to be a thriving village school.

This charming property was built in 1586 to replace Thomas Langley’s Parish school, founded in 1412. At the time, titled ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School’ it was a church school granted letters of patent by Queen Elizabeth I herself. It was founded to forever provide a ‘free and perpetual’ education in the Parish of Middleton, but now stands as the town’s most graceful wedding reception venue and the most wonderful setting to celebrate your special day.

In 1909, the Old Grammar School as it stood, was closed. The venue was then used for charity work, including: Sunday school sessions, mission services and outreach, often staffed by a Church Army Sister or Captain. In the 1960s, it was leased to the Middleton Operatic and Dramatic Society. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Old Grammar School was restored to the wonderful standard in which you see it today – with thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Board and English Heritage who provided the funds for its refurbishment.