From a Sikh temple to a 13th century manor in Northamptonshire
More than 50 historic properties across the East Midlands are opening their doors for free as part of Heritage Open Days this September.
From a 16th century coaching inn, the Talbot Hotel in Oundle to the Sikh Gurdwara: Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Northampton, Heritage Open Days offers people the chance to explore fascinating historic buildings and places, many of which are normally closed to the public.
The event takes place from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 September and is run by an army of passionate volunteers and supported by English Heritage.
Rebecca Fawcett, English Heritage Outreach Manager for the East Midlands said:
“There is a Heritage Open Day attraction around every corner, each with a compelling story to tell, and staffed by volunteers who are passionate about their buildings, neighbourhoods and heritage. The breadth of the properties opening this year is quite remarkable. But there are also scores of hands-on activities. There really is something for all ages.”
Highlights in Northamptonshire include:
Guided tours of 14th century former manor house Upton Hall, now Quinton House School, with interesting family pictures and fine 1737 plasterwork by Giuseppe Artari. The carved roof with timbers dating to the late medieval period is particularly notable.
An insight into Sikh culture and the way of life for Sikh living at the Sikh Gurdwara: Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Northampton.
Open day at the early 13th century Prebendal Manor in Nassington, the award-winning Tithe Barn Museum and recreated medieval gardens with guided tours. For 2010 there is a new museum display.
One of few buildings to survive the Great Fire of Northampton in 1675, Hazelrigg House in Northampton, will be open to visitors.
Have a look around 16th century coaching inn, the Talbot Hotel, in Oundle, and see the stone facade which was transferred from nearby Fotheringay Castle and the oak staircase which Mary Queen of Scots was said to have used prior to her execution.
Visit Chacombe Park Beaumont and the original stone built house dating back to 1870. The building was commissioned by a retired army officer for his personal family use but during both WWI and WWII the house was given over to the military authorities for use as a convalescent home for officers who had returned from the front.
For more information on times and pre-booking details please check the Heritage Open Days website at www.heritageopendays.org.uk.You can also ring the Heritage Open Days information line on 0207 539 7907 (lines open until 9 September, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).
Posted : 6th September 2010