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HISTORICAL doors were opened across Surrey on Heritage Open Days, with 320 places to visit at the weekend.
Events included exhibitions, performances and guided walks, with many places open for the public to embrace culture on their doorstep.
Visitors to Guildford on Saturday took a step back in time as medieval re-enactors battled like our historical ancestors.
History buffs were treated to weapons and fight demonstrations on Castle Green as actors took part in exciting and authentic displays. People could see, hear and feel aspects of life in the 12th century at the medieval encampment in Castle Street.
The Shah Jahan Mosque welcomed visitors on Saturday, with an open day providing tours, questions, answers and refreshments.
The first purpose-built mosque in the country was built by a Jewish linguist from Hungary called Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner. The mosque held the open day to welcome everyone to come and admire the beauty of the building as well as learn about Islam.
Cobham held a family fun day on Saturday. It included more than 90 stalls and attractions. Cedar House (opposite the Cobham Mill) was open for tours.
Walton-on-Thames celebrated its 20th Heritage Day event with activities at RiverHouse Barn Arts Centre and St Mary’s Parish Church.
The special event included Church Tower Tours and a special display made by members of the congregation sharing photos and stories of their memories of Walton.
Barrow Hills School joined in the fun with guided tours of their historic building and grounds on Saturday. Visitors were able to explore the main school building – Great Roke – which was built in 1909.
In addition to the display of architecture, tours provided an opportunity to view the 33-acre grounds.
People were given guided tours by Paul Crisell, deputy head and former pupil.
“The Heritage Open Days at Barrow Hills are a celebration of architecture and culture, offering visitors free access to the historic school building and gardens and to hear interesting stories about the origins of the school and its architectural secrets that bring local history and culture to life,” Paul Crisell explained.
Castle Green in Guildford was the setting for a re- enactment of life in the 12th century