Ever year on the second weekend in September buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
Heritage Open Days started in 1994, since when they have become England’s biggest voluntary cultural event. On a national level, the programme is managed by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and funded by English Heritage.
This year All Saints Church joined in over the weekend of 13-14 September. In architectural terms, All Saints is a grade 2* listed church. That makes us pretty special for a humble village church. We have a national treasure. It also had the happy accident of being designed by a young architect, William Burges, who later became celebrated, and is now very fashionable.
The timetable for the weekend included guided tours of the church, talks on the history of the Church, William Burges the Architect and the patrons: the Lefroy family. There was a treasure hunt and quiz sheets for children and a good time was had by all …. watch this space for a new programme of events for 2015!