Croston Old School

Special Occasions

A Brief History

Croston Old School is a multi-purpose community resource centre which opened in April 2001 after extensive refurbishment.

What is the date of the original building?

The Old School is a Grade 2 listed building which originates from 1660 and was rebuilt by subscription in 1827. It is in the centre of the village at the end of Church Street within an Article 4 conservation area, next to the 900 year old church and next to the River Yarrow. Until 1999 the buildings were used by Lancashire County Council as a school for up to 60 children, in March 1999 the children were re-located to new school buildings and the Old School was left vacant.

How has the project been funded?

Following extensive consultation a registered charity was established to raise funds to develop the building. A survey was carried out in the village to which over 300 responses were received all bar one fully supported the scheme which was then developed. Outline planning permission was granted in the Spring of 2000. A grant from the National Lottery Charities Board for £481,062 funded the majority of a £520,000 scheme to convert the Old School buildings. Over £20,000 was raised by other grants and local fund raising.

 What is it used for?

The buildings were opened to user groups and the public at Easter 2001 and provide;
· a new home for Croston Pre-school
· a large community space with meeting rooms and storage space
· space for daytime adult education and lifelong learning

We are also the home for the history archive of Croston which contains many photographs, newspaper cuttings and artifacts. If you have any items you would like to donate, please call our office.

The Centre continues to go from strength to strength. Bookings for parties and private celebrations have continued to increase and the centre has become particularly popular for christenings and wedding receptions.
The Trustees have also been working with 'Spot-On' Rural Touring to bring a wide variety of entertainments to the village. These have included folk groups, jazz artists and one man shows.

Can I take a history tour of The Old School?

Yes, a short tour of the centre takes approx. 30 mins and longer tours can be arranged which include the surrounding area. Refreshments can also be arranged.To book a tour please contact our office.