Heritage Open Days 2015

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The Ice House will be open – Friday: 1100-1600 & Saturday: 1100-1600 

A chance to go inside a mid-eighteenth century ice house which is situated within Sainsbury’s car park. Also on the site is a range of agricultural buildings, parts of which date from the late 17th century. Both structures were originally part of Whitchurch Old Rectory a grade II* listed building (not open to the public).An exhibition on the history and construction of ice houses will be held in the agricultural buildings.

WW2 ‘Y’ Station Re-enactment will take place – Friday: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600 Saturday: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600

Also within the agricultural building on Sainsbury’s car park a ‘Y’ station re-enactment will take place.This Audio and Visual experience captures the sounds and sights of a small Wireless intercept station in operation and includes encrypted (Enigma) Morse code, RAF RT chatter and air raid ambient sounds.One of the radios used in the re-enactment is from the adjacent Old Rectory which was commandeered as a ‘Y’ station during World War 2.

St Alkmund’s Church Tower will be open – Friday: 1000-1230 & Saturday: 1000-1630

Mount the many stone steps to the top of the church tower. The climb will take you past the ringing room and allow a view of the Joyce’s clock mechanism and the church bells before reaching the roof. The top of the tower, approximately 100ft high, affords a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. Those not making the climb will be able to consult parish registers, view exhibitions and take part in craft activities.

It is necessary to book for tower tours via the Heritage Centre. 

The Masonic Hall will be open – Friday: 1100-1600 & Saturday: 1100-1600

This former Primitive Methodist Chapel was purchased by the Masons in 1972. The building dates from 1866 and was built in the Gothic style. It still retains some original pews, balcony and a working organ. It will be possible to visit the ground floor and also to view the museum of the two Lodges based there. Two organ recitals will take place on Saturday between 1130-1200 & 1430-1500.

Whitchurch Railway Walk – Saturday 12th September: Tours at 1100 & 1430

For over 100 years Whitchurch was an important junction with branch lines to mid Wales and Chester. This guided walk traces some of the remains of a bygone era. Not suitable for children under the age of 5. Will take approx 90 minutes. Start at Heritage Centre.

It is necessary to book for the Railway Walks via the Heritage Centre. 

 The Heritage Centre will be open – Friday: 1100-1600 & Saturday: 1100-1600

 Whitchurch Heritage Centre contains a range of artefacts dating from the Roman occupation up until modern times.The Main Exhibition Hall heralds the work of Whitchurch firm J.B. Joyce who were established in 1790 and have only just stopped producing Tower Clocks in the town. There is also a section dedicated to Roman and Medieval history with a number of interesting finds and artefacts on display.The Caldecott Gallery houses a fine collection of artworks and memorabilia relating to Randolph Caldecott (who once worked in the town) and to the Whitchurch-born musician Edward German. Temporary exhibitions include Prees Heath Camp, Local convicts transported to Australia, and Whitchurch People 1700-1850.

To Book Tours

Call in at the Heritage Centre on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 1100-1600               Tel: 01948 664577 or Email: info@whitchurch-heritage.co.uk