The Appleton Reading Room
Buildings like ours could be found all over the British Empire from the late 1880s to the 1930s. They were used for a wide variety of purposes – from chapels to isolation hospitals to sports clubs.
The Appleton Reading Room was built as a place for local people to socialise without getting drunk! As well as books and newspapers it held a three-quarter sized billiard table.
It was designed and erected in 1911 by Speirs & Co, a Scottish firm specialising in the construction of galvanised iron and wooden structures. The building cost £75, funded by donations from the whole village, who gave not only money but materials and labour.
Sadly, by the mid-1980s people had lost interest in the building. With user numbers dwindling, the money dried up. So the electricity was disconnected and the building locked up.
Fifteen years ago, a dedicated group of villagers decided to bring this important building back to life. With the aid of a National Park grant, they repainted it, fixed the roof, put in new carpet and a stove. The rotten doors and windows were replaced with faithful reproductions.
Later, thanks to a further grant from Ryedale District Council seating and blinds were added, along with a screen and speakers. The corrugated roof was replaced, ensuring that the Reading Room will stay dry and draft-free for years to come.
More recently, thanks to a Covid-19 grant, we have installed better lighting, electric heaters and environmentally-friendly flooring.
The Appleton Reading Room is used for a wide variety of events including talks, exhibitions, meetings and yoga classes. Much of the running costs are raised by our Friends Group, while other money comes from rentals.
If you would like to hire the Appleton Reading Room – or just to find out more about this significant and rare building – contact:
Meg Abdy firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Bernard email@example.com 01751 417338
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Evening 6pm-10pm £8.00
Morning 9am-1pm £5.00
Afternoon 1pm-5pm £5.00
Full day 9am-5pm £10.00
Weekend Sat and Sun £25.00