Book examines Richmond Old Grammar School history

The Old Grammar School in Richmond. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

A new history, Godliness and Good Learning, about Richmond Old Grammar School has been produced by local company Solstice Heritage.

Working with the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust, who are working on plans to restore the old school, local historian and researcher Nancy Tanner and Jim Brightman have researched and discovered the school’s fascinating past that spans over 600 years.

The Old Grammar School is one of the oldest schools in England, and one of the most prominent buildings in Richmond, set at the entrance to the town overlooking the River Swale.

However, the building ceased to be used as a school in 2011, and the Trust is working to try to secure a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant to give it a new lease of life.

The school building is a landmark in the town and this illustrated publication is packed with interesting stories from its past.

If you would like to learn more about the fascinating past of the school and its famous pupils and teachers, then this new short history, Godliness and Good Learning, can be purchased for £8 at outlets in Richmond – the Station Shop and Castle Hill Bookshop and also online through the Solstice Heritage Bookshop  

Sale of the book will help with fund raising for the project to restore the school for the use and enjoyment of the community.

To further support the conservation and renewal of this iconic building for the benefit of the local community, then there are many ways to get involved.

To find out more and to donate, please visit