Market Harborough
U3A Millennium Tapestry

The outline of this unusual building has become a symbol of the town. It was built as a school house in 1614 by Robert Smyth. He was a poor boy who left Harborough for London, "from my father's house with my cuppe empty", and made his fortune! He gave strict instructions; it was to "stand upon posts or columns over part of the market place to keep the market people dry in time of foul weather" and certain specific texts were to be printed on the lintels.

This building continued as a school until 1892 when a new school was built in Coventry Road, and later Smyth's School was amalgamated with the new County Grammar School in 1909. The Old Grammar School was completely restored in 1977 after a successful fund-raising campaign, and now houses public events.

Title Embroiderer Designer
The Old Grammar School Eve Pigott Sheila Pendered