Welcome to the Lancasterian School Room 

The Lancasterian School Room founded in 1813

The aim of the school room

The Lancasterian School Room, a registered charity number 1083915, is run a group of trustees, all of whom are local residents. Their work is carried out on a voluntary basis. The main aim of the trustees is to maintain this historic building and to provide a centre for community use.


The Lancasterian School Room is located at Upper Moor Side  or Moor Top in New Farnley. This area  was originally a small farming and weaving community with an inn and adjacent blacksmiths forge. In 1813, Joseph Lancaster, a young Quaker, founded one of his many schools there for the education of children.

The Lancasterian School, known locally as the Mission Room, was left in the hands of a body of trustees for the people of Moor Top
when compulsory education became law in 1870. The original building became dilapidated and was rebuilt in 1875 by public subscription and was further extended in 1902.

Community use of the school room

Currently the school room hosts activities for the following groups:  Women's Institute (WI), Moor Top & District Gardening Club, New Farnley in Bloom, Church of England services (once per month). Various events are also held in the School Room, including the village fete, quiz nights, film nights and a number of fund-raising activities. The school room is also available for parties and meetings.

Lancasterian Schoolroom Events

Gardening Club, second Monday in the month, 7pm.

Women’s Institute, first Monday in the month, 7-7.30pm

Further details
For bookings and enquiries please go to the  contact us via the website on this site, fill in the information required and a brief enquiry (please include your email, contact number) and click send. This enquiry will then be passed to the Trustees who will check the available of the hall and we will get back to you with the cost and any other information you may need. 



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