Your help Needed to Shape Plans for The Old Grammar School, which overlooks the Batts and is a prominent landmark from the riverside.
The Grammar School building was opened on the 27th September 1850 as the new Free Grammar School of the Borough of Richmond. It was called the Tate Testimonial in memory the famous headmaster James Tate who was described as the Scholar of the North and a man ‘Dripping in Greek’. Money had been raised by subscription from friends and former pupils to replace the old Grammar School buildings in the churchyard. The school was converted to a comprehensive school in 1971 and the building was used for year 7 pupils. Known as the Lower School the building was last used in 2011.
The Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust would like to take the now empty building and preserve it for future generations. With the help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Architectural Heritage Trust Fund the RBPT is developing its plans to create a new community hub within the building which could include a mix of community facilities, accommodation for local voluntary organisations as well as complementary commercial use.
The architect of the original school was GT Andrews, the same famous Victorian Railway architect that designed the Station, and which The Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust successfully restored and have run since 2007.
We now need your help to shape our plans for The Old Grammar School Building. In order to make the building a success we need to know what facilities you would like to see in the building and the types of activities that you would enjoy taking part in. An important part of the project will be to highlight the history of the school and the building so we also want to know what stories you would like to discover.