The Old Sunday School


Monday - Saturday 10am – 4pm (March to December)
Monday - Saturday 10am – 3pm (January and February)

About this Museum

The Old Sunday School was founded by John Whittaker and built in 1814. Funding for the school came from the silk industries and from the people of Macclesfield. The ground floor exhibition tells the story of the Sunday School itself; its routines and rules, and the day to day lives of the families who attended. A basement gallery signposts visitors to other places of historic interest around the town and includes a film show of Macclesfield past and present.

The Old Sunday School also has a large café, a Makers’ Place for craftspeople, a shop and cinema.

  • When the Sunday School opened in 1814 there were 1,127 boys and 1,324 girls on the register, paying a subscription of 1d per week.Discipline was strict and was carried out by the school beadle known as ‘The Nobbler’.


Roe Street
SK11 6UT



Free entry



01625 613 210

Visit info

Length of visit

1 hour – more if attending an event


Regular workshops, children’s craft activities and events throughout the year, community exhibitions, check website for details. School workshops.


Café and large gift shop, Makers’ Place for craftspeople.
Rooms available to hire for meetings. Large auditorium space used as a cinema and concert venue.


Photography is permitted


Public and disabled toilets available. Lift to the meeting rooms and cinema. No lift to the basement galleries.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from Macclesfield town centre
Parking is adjacent to the Old Sunday School

By Train:

Nearest station is Macclesfield

Mooring Points:

Macclesfield Marina, Brook Street

Nearest Venues