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 are pleased to share 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 


history walk display

               We also share our knowledge about the wider history of Appleby.  We have created a local history walk map, displayed temporary heritage boards around the village during Covid lockdown in 2020 and will soon have two permanent boards in place.                    


Groups and Public Visits


 For more information

Sir John Moore Wikipedia

Sir John Moore Member of Parliament

News Summary List

Lecture 'Wren's Innovative Schools' June 10th 2023 at 2 pm

Part of Wren 300 events marking the tercentenary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren. Emeritus Professor Fred Steward reveals new research into Wren's approach to designing buildings for schooling.  Sir John Moore Foundation is a rare surviving example of Wren's school design.  Tickets available from https://wrenlecture.eventbrite.co.uk 


Local History Cafe

New Year Newsletter published and regular activities


October Local History Newsletter Published

Hedges, foundlings and timepieces in the latest edition of our monthly history newsletter.