Tearoom plan for 16th Century Earby school building

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An historic 16th century Earby building is to get a new lease of life as a tea room.

Earby’s Old Grammar School in School Lane, which formerly housed the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum, is currently being refurbished ready for a November launch.

It’s a lovely building and deserves to be in use

Coun. Morris Horsfield

The museum closed its doors for the final time in the summer and steadily its artefacts and exhibits have been moved out to be held elsewhere, with most items going to a museum in Hawes.

Now, the Robert Windle Foundation Trust, which owns the building, has announced that it will once again be brought back into use.

Coun. Morris Horsfield, who is also a trustee, said: “It’s a lovely building and deserves to be in use.

“We are planning to open it as a tea room downstairs, which it has been in the past, with a proposed launch date of November 14th. When it was a tea room before it was very popular with cyclists.

“Upstairs is going to be a facility for the community and I think its first use will be an exhibition of what the Robert Windle Trust does and its history. It provides grants for education.

Coun. Horsfield said the overheads for the building have been budgeted for the coming year and the efforts to refurbish the premises have relied heavily on people giving time for free.

He added: “I would like to thank those who have given their time for free. Without that help, this would not have been possible.”

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