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170406-03. © NRT, 2006
Hornby Institute, Lancashire, UK, 17 April, 2006

The Listed building, designed by Austin & Paley, opened in 1916 as a men's institute. Billiards and a reading room were downstairs, whilst the upstairs room has a sprung floor for social occasions such as dances, to which women were admitted. Imagine that. Following renovation and extension in 1956, the whole building was open to all.
A further £1.3million refurbishment was completed last month, generally improving disabled access and facilities but also providing meeting rooms, an IT suite, a drop-in centre and even a gym. It still seems a remarkably small building for all that.

Note the plaque over the first-floor window, clearer in the next image.

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