Welcome to Chew Magna Old School Room, where the echoes of centuries past meet the vibrant celebrations of today. Our story is woven into the very fabric of this historic building, a testament to its enduring charm and purpose. As we look back at our rich history, we invite you to become a part of our ongoing legacy.

A Heritage of Gatherings: Dating back to 1510, the Old School Room, along with the Church of St Andrew and the adjoining Chew Court, stood at the heart of the medieval village of Chew Magna. Originally conceived as a parish meeting room or church ale house, this beautiful building has witnessed the joy of religious festivals, the warmth of wedding feasts, and the spirit of various celebrations over the centuries. A true gem, it stands as one of the best-preserved examples of its kind in the country, with minimal alteration to its original structure and the retention of its 16th-century timber roof.

Over the centuries, the Old School Room has transformed, serving various purposes with each era. From a village workhouse in the 17th century to becoming the village lock-up, the building adapted to the changing needs of the community. In the 20th century, it embraced social dynamics, functioning as a Men’s Club with billiard tables. The 1970s saw it as an area Youth Club before the Parish Council’s purchase in 1980, transforming it into the cherished Village Hall we know today.

Features of Interest: Explore the captivating features of the Old School Room. Upstairs, the original early 16th-century roof stands proudly, strengthened over time, with collar braces, arched braces, and wind braces contributing to its unique architecture. The numbering of roof trusses hints at the building’s evolution. Downstairs, original beams and remnants of various windows tell tales of the past, with the arms of the St. Lo family adorning the ogee-shaped front doorway.

Chew Magna Old School Room opens its doors to host a myriad of events, from wedding receptions and parties to christenings, wakes, and celebrations by offering hall hire thus ensuring that each gathering becomes a cherished memory within the walls of this historic venue.

1834 Drawing by John Chessell

1910 Approx

1848 drawing by WW Wheatly