Hornby Village Institute

Hornby Village Institute is a public building in Main Street, Hornby, Lancashire, England. It is considered to be important architecturally, and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]

Hornby Village Institute
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LocationMain Street, Hornby, Lancashire, England
Coordinates54°06′32″N 2°38′08″W / 54.1089°N 2.6356°W / 54.1089; -2.6356Coordinates: 54°06′32″N 2°38′08″W / 54.1089°N 2.6356°W / 54.1089; -2.6356
OS grid referenceSD 586 683
Built forColonel Foster
ArchitectAustin and Paley
Architectural style(s)Jacobean
Governing bodyHornby Village Trust
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated3 October 2003
Reference no.1390686
Hornby Village Institute is located in the City of Lancaster district
Hornby Village Institute
Location in the City of Lancaster district


The building was designed by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley, and was the last public building to be designed by the practice before the death of Hubert Austin in 1915.[2] It was completed in 1916, and was paid for by the lord of the manor, Colonel Foster. By the 1950s more accommodation was needed, and an extension was added to the rear in 1956, helped by a donation from Sir Harold Parkinson of Hornby Castle.[3] Another extension was added in 2005, designed by Harrison Pitt Architects.[4]


The original part of the building is in Jacobean style.[2] It is constructed in rubble stone with ashlar dressings and a slate roof. The central bay projects forward and contains a porch with a round-headed entrance flanked by pilasters. Above this are four windows, with the word "INSTITUTE" below. At the top of the bay is a semi-circular pediment containing a crested plaque. The lateral bays have four windows in the lower storey, and blind windows above.[1]

Present dayEdit

The building is known as the Hornby Institute Community Resource Centre, and has facilities for meetings, conferences, and performances.[5] Parts of the building are licensed for civil weddings.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Hornby Village Institute (1390686)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 December 2012
  2. ^ a b Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 171, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  3. ^ History of the Institute, Hornby Village Trust, retrieved 14 December 2012
  4. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 346, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  5. ^ Welcome, Hornby Village Trust, retrieved 14 December 2012
  6. ^ Weddings And Civil Partnerships, Hornby Village Trust, retrieved 14 December 2012

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