Hebden Church School MYD36561 (c) YDNPA, 2023
The little primary school in Hebden was finally closed in 1983 and a long buried controversy flared up at that time about ownership and sale proceeds. The roots of this controversy lay over a hundred years earlier when plans were first drawn up to build a new school near to the site of the dilapidated old one. The Church of England had already gained control of the school management and they decided to raise the money for the new building by means of a levy on all villagers no matter what faith they were. Naturally the strong chapel-going community were furious. In spite of this the building went ahead. The school was built in Decorated Gothic style with a pretty bell tower. Many of the non-conformists refused to send their children to the school, choosing a local Dame school instead and the whole affair left a deep scar on the community. The building is now a tea room.
Joy, David (2002) Hebden. The History of a Dales Township. Hebden: Hebden History Group
Location About 200 metres down Hebden main street from the B6265. At the south end of the village on the left hand (east) side. Signed 'The Old School Room'. View from roadside.
Public Transport Details Nearest town/village: Hebden. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.
Accessibility Viewable from roadside.