In the late 1800s, Sir John Astley(1828-1894) raised funds to build his vision ‘The Stableman’s Institute’ as a place stable staff to enjoy a game, play sports, read or listen to a concert. Land was donated by Lady Wallace at the junction of Lisburn Road and Vicarage Road for the building and it was officially opened by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in July1894. It became ‘The Astley Institute’ later this year following Sir Astley’s death. You can read further on the history on the button below
In 1974, with donations from the Racing industry and support from the local council, the Institute moved to Fred Archer Way and renamed ‘The New Astley Club’ it now opened its doors to everyone in our town.