WILLIAM LAYNE READING ROOM

William Layne Reading Room Before Restoration
Before Restoration 








William Layne Reading Room After Restoration
After Restoration 

The Parish Council’s Grade II listed building is known as the William Layne Reading Room in memory of the late Parish and Rotherham Borough Councillor.

It is recorded that the building opened as a school in 1743, and that the first teacher at the school was Samuel Craven who was paid a half-yearly salary of £4. The Reading Room continued as a school until 1890.

Reading RoomIn the 270 plus years since it was built, what had become known as the ‘Reading Room’ on Aughton Lane, had been the first original school, community centre, storeroom and workshop and had lain empty and suffered years of neglect. But thanks to a £178,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) this historic building was restored and once again put to good use for the benefit of the local community.

The Parish Council purchased the Reading Room in 1999 and carried out emergency repairs to prevent further deterioration. The HLF grant enabled the building to have its rear stained glass window and semi-circular side windows re- instated. These were in keeping with the style of John Carr of York who possibly designed the original building. A new extension was built to house toilets and kitchen.

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