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Report - Thornley School near Longridge, Ribble Valley. April 2014.

Simon Kay

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Greetings people!

Welcome to my first post on this (or any other) site. I have been into exploring such places most of my life but only recently discovered that there are a lot more folk out there who enjoy similar adventures.

I spotted this place whilst travelling around the Ribble Valley in the course of my work and decided that whilst it is a small site, it would still be worth investigating. I returned on a day off with my trusty exploration companion (Murp) and we had a look around. Unfortunately the place has been pretty well stripped by the scrap metal jackals but hopefully you will still find it interesting.

I found a little of the building's history on the interweb and have included it below.


Thornley School opened in 1880 having been built by local workmen using local stone and records show the gritstone cornerstones were from the Tootle Heights quarry on Longridge fell. The roof slates came from further afield.
There is an old Limestone quarry to rear of Thornley School . Documents and photographs available from the Chipping History Society show the successful story of the working Stone Lime Quarry and Limestone Kiln. The Lime stone Kiln and pits at Arbour farm are now a fossil rich site recognised as a “Site of special scientific Interest” (SSSI).


On closing in 1978 the old Thornley school building alongside the Memorial Hall (built within the grounds) were used for a period of time by the community. The most remembered social activities includes the Thornley women’s institute, the whist and Dominoes nights and family / children’s parties.


Old school (C1900)




My faithful exploring companion checking out the ?staff room.


Anyone for a brew?


? Staff room.


Looking from ? staff room into main classroom,


Main entrance/vestibule.


Main classroom.


Main classroom.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as Murp and I enjoyed the trip.
Thanks for looking. :-)
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