Through Heritage

Our heritage is our Foundation. It is the buildings and grounds and the people that have made it what it is today. We are passionate about sharing our heritage with others, preserving and interpreting the past to inspire and create our futures.  

Sir John Moore made his fortune as a London merchant through the sale of lead mined in the Pennines to customers in England, Europe and Asia. Master of the Grocers Company in 1671 he was later a major shareholder and director of the East India Company, and a director of the Royal African Company for 4 years. Knighted in 1672 he was Lord Mayor of London in 1682. President of Christ’s Hospital School in the City of London he endowed its Writing School in 1695 and the Appleby School in 1697.


We take great pride in sharing our Heritage, through group visits, local community projects and national campaigns such as Heritage Open Days.

Visits include access to historic parts of the building, particularly the main hall; access to our recreated 1891 schoolroom, headmaster's study and dormitory; and changing exhibitions.


A visit by a WI group to our Victorian Classroom


Children painting interpretations of the building as part of our Heritage Open Day


An historic working model of the school building 


                                             Hello Heritage 2020

Heritage Open Days were not possible in 2020 due to covid restrictions.  Instead we partnered with North West Leicestershire District Council to create Hello Heritage boards around the village that celebrated Appleby's heritage.  

Our volunteers worked tirelessly to create 8 information boards which were in place around Appleby Magna between 5th and 20th September 2020.  Images are available here.





Groups and Public Visits



For more information

Sir John Moore Wikipedia

Sir John Moore Member of Parliament