Saturday, January 29, 2011

Not 'the' Reading Room but 'a' Reading Room

Thanks to Geoff Legallez for providing this intriguing piece of information.

The construction of the Reading Room for the village of Appleton le Moors was funded by Joseph Page in 1911. Most people involved with the Reading Room assumed it was a gift to enrich the lives of a community where he had lived and worked. The 1881 census shows that Joseph Page was the resident butler at Appleton Hall.

Geoff uncovered the following on the deeds for McDougall's House.
In 1888 Matthew Milestone bought the land where McDougall's House now stands, from the estate of William Fredrick Shepard, for the sum of £110.  On the plot were three dwellings, one of which was in use as a Reading Room.

Matthew Milestone then sold the plot to Joseph Page for the sum of £120 and in 1891 the existing building was completed.
The sale documents when Bought by the McDougall sisters show:
The house stayed in the hand of the Page family until Martin Harvey Page sold to the McDougall sisters in 1924,  who then lived in Blackheath, London.
 It would be interesting to know where the Reading Room was housed between 1888 and 1911.

Friday, January 21, 2011

March book chosen by Alison

March 4th 2011 book club meeting
The Reading Room Appleton Le Moors

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One Day
by David Nicholls

Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 978-0340896983

Next chosen by: Richard
For more information about the book club click here.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thanks to everyone!!

This information has been taken from a leaflet delivered to all living in Appleton and Spaunton. (download the leaflet here)

7 years ago
When the Reading Room was brought back from terminal decline we needed help with things like wiring, flooring, painting, blinds, joinery, roofing, seating, heavy lifting, fund-raising and the stove. Thanks for all their work to Alistair Barker, Anne Taylor, David Hall, Geoff Hutchinson, Janet Hayton, John and Anne Creighton, John Marsden, Richard Hardisty, Roy and John Milestone.

Currently
The reading Room now needs help with the accounts, fund-raising and repairs. Thanks for this ongoing assistance to Anne Taylor, Janet Hayton, Jim Hall, John Creighton, Les Edwards, Maggie Tebb, Nicola Oldroyd, Richard Hardisty and Terry Sunderland.

Users
Thanks to and all those who continue to hire and use the room including the Appleton Film Society, Appleton Book Club, Graham’s Jazz club, The Parish Council, The Ladies Musical Appreciation Society and Woodland walks.

Our funders
Thanks to the organisations that have funded us including the North York Moors National Park, BFFS and UK Film Council.

Finally
Thanks to anyone that we’ve missed out!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

100th anniversary

2011 is destined to be an historic year not just for royal marriages but for the 100th anniversary of the Appleton Reading Room.

We are planning some events to celebrate this great occasion including themed films, some using our 16mm projector and an open day for people to explore the entire room and it’s grounds.