9 September 2019
Heritage Open Days celebrates 25 years as it returns this week (13 to 22 September) with a theme of ‘People Power’.
Heritage Open days celebrate architecture and heritage, revealing the stories about buildings, the people who have lived, used or worked in them. There are over 80 Heritage Open Days buildings and events to discover for free across west Cheshire, many of which are not normally open to the public.
In order to give everyone the opportunity to fully explore and discover the whole area, Chester buildings will mainly be open on 13 to 16 September and Ellesmere Port and Mid Cheshire will mainly be open on 19 to 22 September.
The programme has been organised by Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council, in association with other local societies.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “Heritage Open Days is firmly set in the cultural diary, it wouldn’t be possible without the help of the many building owners and local volunteers. There are buildings to look around and talks and tours across the borough with many hidden gems to be discovered on our doorstep.
“As with previous years some of the tours get booked very quickly but there is a lot to choose from and most of the buildings don’t require booking.”
There are also guided tours around Hoole, Upton by Chester, Storyhouse, Chester Station, the city centre and more. Tours require booking and places are limited.
- Blue Bell, 65 Northgate St, the oldest domestic structure in Chester, a mediaeval inn, licensed 1494. Tell staff you have come to view. 13 to 22 September, 12 noon to 9pm.
- Bishop Lloyds Palace, 51/53 Watergate Row South. Early 17th century building with fine plaster ceilings. 14 and 15 September, 10am to 4pm.
- Watergate House, 85 Watergate St. Grade II* listed town house, built 1820 by Thomas Harrison, from 1907 Western Command HQ, now offices. 14 September, 10am to 4pm.
In Ellesmere Port and Neston:
There are also tours of Ellesmere Port and a Parkgate Heritage Trail Guided Walk.
- Former Queen’s Cinema, Glowquest Bathrooms 18 Whitby Road. 16 to 21 September, 8.30am to 5pm.
- National Waterways Museum South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port. 14 and 15 September 10am to 5pm.
Other walks and tours include: Woodland Heritage Walk and Saltscape Walk, Anderton Nature Park, Tour of Tarvin Village, Northwich Rail Walk, Marbury Country Park Walk, Weaverham Plaque Walk and Talk and a Northwich Heritage Tour.
- Helsby Railway Station, Station Avenue. Helsby Station opened in 1870 and closed to passengers in 1964. 13 to 15 September.
- Anderton Boat Lift Lift Lane, Northwich. 21 and 22 September tours: 10.30am, 12 noon and 2.15pm (booking essential)
- Lion Salt Works Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich. 21 September taster tours 12 noon onwards.
The full program brochure is available online: historyandheritage.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk.
Printed brochures are available at visitor information centres, libraries and museums and many local community centres. The brochure explains when prior booking is essential.
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