Open days at historic buildings
ENGLAND’S largest and most diverse festival of history is set to return again early next month.
Heritage Open Days sees countless historic venues around the country open their doors to the public, so they can discover their stories.
This year’s event, which runs from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, will focus on the hidden stories and historical secrets from towns, villages and regions across the country.
In Middleton, Long Street Methodist Church is among the venues taking part.
The Grade II listed building was designed by Edgar Wood and features Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and modern stylistic elements.
It will be open on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September, from 10.30am to 4pm and on Sunday, September 10, from 1pm to 4pm.
The Hopwood Hall Estate will be open to the public for the first time in 30 years.
St Leonard’s Parish Church will also be open. The Grade I listed structure dates from 1100 and its features include Norman arches, Flodden windows and rare brasses.
It will be open between 10am and 4pm on Friday and Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday.
St Mary’s Church in Birch, meanwhile, is open from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday.
The modern church building includes many original features from the old church.
The event will include a display of old photographs showing the old church and Birch Village.
Annie Reilly, manager of Heritage Open Days, said: “This is a landmark year for us.
“We have artists looking at Alan Turing with a fresh lens and uncovering the love story of WWII soldiers Gilbert and Gordon, as well as the story of the first mosque in England and the opening of secret tunnels used by mills workers in Shipley. History is stories and this year, more than ever before, Heritage Open Days is a celebration of that.”
Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted by the National Trust with funding by the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Events are run by a large range of organisations, including civic societies, organisations and local councils and enthusiastic volunteers.
See heritageopendays. org.uk
St Leonard’s Parish Church