Cel­e­bra­tion of her­itage gems on our

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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

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