What we offer you
Flexible Booking times
You pay only for the room hire No Extras
Affordable hire charges
There are no hidden charges
Full use of kitchen included in hire charge
Separate completely refurbished Gents & Ladies toilets
Adequately sized function room
Car park available for your own entertainment i.e. bouncy castle,soft play etc.
Do your own catering or employ others (subject to confirmation at booking)
Free large private car park away from road & traffic pollution
Ankcorn House is set in the beautiful, peaceful grounds of Holy Ascension Church
Storage can be offered to regular booked groups (with committees approval)
If you would like to start a group or already run a group locally in the area and thinking of expanding give us a call. The Committee are always looking for daytime groups - reading groups, yoga classes, therapy courses etc. Give us a call and discuss what we can offer.
Within a central motorway Midlands network linked area, from the M42/A435/A4023 the venue is ideal for small functions/meetings, as well as smaller groups looking for an easily accessible facility. The building offers a meeting capacity of up to 40 people, depending on the room layout, and benefits from natural day light. Although feasible, wheelchair accessible toilets are available with slight restrictions. Just a few yards from Gorcott Hill on the A435, Birmingham Road
Birmingham Road, Mappleborough Green, B80 7DJ
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Ankcorn House is adjacent to Mappleborough Green Church
and parking is available at the church and behind Ankcorn House, with a footpath connecting the two locations.
How to book / contact us
Please telephone Linda Salsbury on 07872 625006.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
History of the building
The building now known as Ankcorn House is in fact the former schoolhouse in Mappleborough Green and is situated on the main A435 Birmingham to Alcester Road. The building is mid to late 18th century with 19th century additions to the rear. The school was originally a single classroom but the later addition gave it two classrooms in total. The building has Gothic ogee-arched windows, with casements of two arched lights and glazing bars.
The school was initially established in 1853 and the premises for the school were provided by Sir William Jaffray (Bart), whose family lived at Skilts. It was mainly the farm workers children who were educated in the school. It continued as a village school until 1964 when the staff and pupils moved into a new purpose built building on the Henley Road.
The old schoolhouse then gradually fell into a state of disrepair but was rescued and restored in 1987 and transformed into a church meeting room for the nearby Church of the Holy Ascension. The architect was Graham J Masefield and the churchwardens were J E Ankcorn and F A Stephens. The building was named Ankcorn House after the Ankcorn family who had been faithful church members for many years.
In 2008 the main room was completely refurbished giving ample storage space and changing it into a lounge with comfortable chairs. The floor was carpeted; the room re-decorated and new ceiling lighting was installed. In 2014 a complete refit of the kitchen was undertaken to bring it up to a modern standard.
The building, which is single storey, is Grade II listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest and is list entry Number 1185753.