Two special events are being held in Leyland this week to mark the 490th anniversary of the town’s Old Grammar School.
The Church Road school building, which now houses the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, was founded by Sir Henry ffarington on March 12, 1524.
On Wednesday this week, museum curator and historian David Hunt is hosting an illustrated talk titled ‘The 490th Anniversary of the establishment of ‘Lailand Skoole’ by Sir Henry ffarington on this day in 1524’.
He said: “We’re still 10 years short of the big 500th anniversary, but we wanted to start building up interest in the site’s history now.”
And on Saturday, Mr Hunt will host a short historical walk on the site called ‘The Leyland Free Grammar School 1524-1874’.
The council bought the school building in 1977 for just £1, with the requirement that it be used for public use, which is when it became the museum.
“I’ll talk about the history of Sir Henry ffarington and the school itself,” Mr Hunt said. “The school was initially housed in the parish church next door, so there’s plenty of background.”
The talk starts at 2pm on Wednesday, and the walk is at 10.30am on Saturday.
Call the museum on 01772 422041 for more information.