After more than 50 years, the bell and bell tower has been reinstated on the roof of The Old School Room on Church Lane in Cossall.
With the help of very generous donations from families of previous residents and also some funding from Notts County Council and Cossall Parish Council, this project has now been completed.
This restoration has been organised by Cossall Parish Council and carried out by local craftsmen, Dale Atkin and Andrew Holland.
History of the Old School Room
The original School in Cossall was in the upstairs room of the Alms Houses, but by the early 1800s, due to the expansion of the population of Cossall, the need arose for a larger school. This resulted in the building of what we now know as The Old School Room. There is a difference of opinion as to when the school was built. Research says 1813 but the date plaque in the porch says 1850 – perhaps this is simply the date the porch was completed.
The building was in use as a school until the new school was built in 1891. The new school was built on Coronation Road part way between the village and Ilkeston Junction. Since the old school’s closure in 1891 as a room it has had many uses, one of which was by D.H. Lawrence’s fiancé’s father to teach woodwork and carving to the lads of the village.
In 1925 as part of the sale of the whole of the village by Lord Middleton’s estate, The Old School Room was given to the Church to be used for ecclesiastical purposes. The building has been used for many years for meetings and social gatherings that have brought the community together. In recent years, it has undergone a major restoration and upgrade to provide users with a good, clean and warm environment to hold a variety of functions.