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Built on land left to the people of Oulton by Edmund Calverley of Oulton Hall, the Oulton Institute stands proudly at the heart of the village.  It is steeped in history but is still a current, relevant place for the people of Oulton to meet, dance and mingle. The Institute is now run entirely as a charitable trust for the benefit of the village and has several rooms available for hire including the main hall, also known as the Harold Hall.

Oulton Institute is home to a number of classes from pilates to tap dancing and cake decoration to salsa.  There is also a Coffee Morning every Tuesday at 10.00am. Do come down and have a look what’s happening at the Oulton Institute or view our weekly schedule here.

Our History

Built in three stages, on land given to the village by Edmund Calverley of Oulton Hall, the original single storey building was paid for by public subscription and was completed in December 1893.  It was to be “for the benefit of the men and youths’ for use as a reading and writing room”.

The Hall and caretaker’s house were donated by Mrs Stuart Calverley in memory of her son Harold (hence the local name “The Harold Hall”) and was officially opened on 1st January 1897.

The upper storey was added to the front in 1912, paid for by private subscription.

The Institute is still run as a charitable trust for the benefit of the village.

Further History can be read here

Hall & Rooms for Hire

If you are looking for a venue for your children’s party, anniversary, celebration, dance, funeral teas or any other kind of event, we may have a space that is suitable for you.

To view photographs of each room, and to find out further information please view here

If you would like to hire any of the rooms please contact Mr. Ron Walker on 0113 2822520 or email enquiries@oultoninstitute.org.uk