Thornton Steward Institute

Most villages across the Yorkshire Dales have an Institute building, many of which were erected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and provided an important recreational space for the village inhabitants to enhance learning and the appreciation of the arts.

The Thornton Steward Institute evolved from a parish meeting held in October 1922, and by July 1926 the building had been completed and was opened by holding a “Public Tea” on August 14th, 1926.

Today the Institute continues to play a vital part of our beautiful Wensleydale village and surrounding parish.  In keeping with the original purpose, it remains a place to hold community events, craft sessions and fitness classes, as well as a much-needed stop for walkers and visitors to our glorious countryside.

The Institute is open all year round, providing refreshments and toilet facilities with Yorkshire coffees and teas, sweet treats, and soft drinks available in return for a small donation.  

The Institute is also available for private use by contacting the Institute Trustees at 

This historic building relies on donations and goodwill for its maintenance and upkeep.  Donations can be made in the Institute itself or via JustGiving.

A copy of the Thornton Steward Institute Foundation Mission Statement and Policies can be seen and downloaded by clicking here.

For further details, please use the form on the 'Contact Us' page. 


Thornton Steward Institute Foundation is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales (No. 1172820).

Click here to see a photograph of The Institute. © Copyright Gordon Hatton,
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