Academy Theatre, Gainford


Academy Theatre, located off High Green in Gainford, was once a boys boarding school. Gainford Academy, founded by Rev. William Bowman, operated from this building from when it was established in 1818, until 1899 when it relocated to North Terrace. In 1864 there were 80 boarders. Stan Laurel of "Laurel and Hardy" was once a pupil at the school.[1] In 1950 Gainford Drama Club was granted a lease for the building and the ground floor was converted into a theatre.[2] The building was later acquired by the Edleston family who gave it to the village in 1964. The building was restored by the Teesdale Buildings Preservation Trust for flats above the theatre in 1987. The building is Grade II listed.[3]

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The Academy Theatre, Gainford

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Durham Dales: Gainford

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Gainford Drama Club
- Official Website of Gainford Drama Club. "Gainford Drama Club was formed in 1949 and since that time members have presented nearly 150 productions. The first four plays took place in ...

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ACADEMY HALL - Gainford - List Entry
- "School, now theatre with flats above. Mid-late c19 with alterations. Coursed squared sandstone with alternating quoins and window dressings. Blue slate roof. 2h storeys, 4 bays, the outer bays canted ...

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Frontage of the former Gainford Academy

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Steps to High Green, Gainford

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Entrance to The Academy Theatre

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The Academy Theatre, Gainford

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