Heritage Open Days – 2013

We will be taking part in this years Heritage Open Days on Friday 13th and Saturday the 14th September. The following venues will be open:

Reduced ChapelCongregational Chapel (United Reform Church)

United Reform Church, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1EN

A chance to see inside a grade II listed building which has been closed for many years. A Congregational Chapel with attached vestry, hall and Sunday school, now United Reformed Church. Founded in 1789 and largely built in 1813 with additions and alterations of 1815, 1846, 1900 and 1915. A good example of a Nonconformist chapel with associated Sunday School. It has a good range of internal fittings of various dates and a complete range of box pews The building is associated with the dissenters, Philip and Matthew Henry and the composer Edward German.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1600


Reduced JoyceJoyce’s Clocks Building

J.B. Joyce & Co., Station Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1RD

An opportunity to look round the 1904 purpose-built premises and to see a display of photographs relating to Joyce’s clocks and examples of clock mechanisms.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1500


Reduced IceOld Rectory Ice House

Sainsbury’s carpark, London Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1LL

A chance to go inside a mid-eighteenth century ice house which is situated in a supermarket car park. Also on the site is a barn range, part of which is late-seventeenth century. Both buildings were originally part of Whitchurch Old Rectory a grade II* listed building (not open to the public).

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1600

Reduced Alkmunds St Alkmund’s Church Tower (part of Tower Trail)

St Alkmund’s parish church, Church Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1LB

St Alkmund’s is the parish church of Whitchurch and is a Grade I listed building. This is an opportunity to mount the many 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 affords a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. There will be a chance to study some of the parish registers held by the church.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1000-1300 & 1500-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600

Exhibition – June 2013

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Whitchurch Heritage Centre are putting on an exhibition about life in the 1950s. Visit us to remember, or discover, what life was really like in Whitchurch sixty years ago!

  • Special display and video of the coronation itself
  • Life in the home – what was cooking like in the 50s?
  • The High Street then and now
  • Entertainment and travel – how people enjoyed themselves
  • If you have any special items from the 50s that you’d like to share with others, bring them along on Tuesdays and add your memories to our exhibition.

Did you know that The Beatles Played in Whitchurch 50 Years ago?

The Beetles







On the 19th January 1963 The Beatles played the Town Hall Ballroom in Whitchurch. This was the same day as their important appearance ITV’s ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars‘ they played just one song on the TV show this was ‘Please Please Me’.

Information from The Beatles Bible

This version of the song is from their first tour of America