9th May 2012

Victoriana returns to the North Yorkshire Moors

The playground of Grosmont School has been given a whole new lease of life with the opening of a new café. The Old School Coffee Shop was launched with a Victorian school scene reminiscent of the original playground of 170 years ago. Local children dressed in period costumes and played traditional games to mark the occasion.

It has been many years since anything of this kind has happened in Grosmont, well at least for 16 years or more, but recent changes within the village are reminiscent of the old schools original opening nearly 170 years ago.

The recently opened "Old School Coffee Shop" has injected new life into the former Victorian school building with the help of some local children from nearby Egton School who turned out wearing traditional Victorian dress as worn by their predecessors before them. Opened recently by business owners Bill Sanderson and Emily Thwaite bringing to reality their dream vision to recreate a use for the old school building. The school has been unused for quite some time so this recent change has injected a whole lot of new interest in the building. The building has been refurbished and is now benefiting from some modern technology whilst still working alongside traditional old features which remain from its past life.

Emily said: "It was always our intention to get the children involved in the project due to the long history of the school. We have managed to acquire a Victorian two seater school desk, and an original teacher's desk, where the children can take part and imagine themselves and others in times gone by. We also have a traditional Victorian style rocking horse for the younger children, and with plenty of outside space for them to play in they can have a wonderful time. The opening presentation by the children was fantastic , taking us all back to days gone by when this was a real working Victorian School, and it has been wonderful to see the excited children running around and enjoying the playground again. We really hope that the local people from the town of Grosmont and other surrounding towns and villages will continue to enjoy visiting us for our food and drinks, alongside the hundreds of holidaymakers and visitors we hope to see here each year."