Heritage Open Days 2020

Come and celebrate Berkhamsted’s architecture and culture
at this year’s Heritage Open Days

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Fri 11-Sep-2020 to Sun 20-Sep-2020—details below…

Events organised by the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society
All events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL.
Bookings are requested for all events.
Contact Jenny Sherwood on 01442 865158 or email here

Live Events are all fully booked, but check out our Online Events!

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The following events are available for the duration of the Festival from 11 Sep to 20 Sep.
Contact Jenny Sherwood for access links on 01442 865158 or email here

BATTLE OF BERKHAMSTED COMMON – POWER OF THE PEOPLE

How the Common was saved from enclosure.

BERKHAMSTED FOUNDLING HOSPITAL

MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD

Two former Foundlings who spent their childhood years in the Foundling hospital have recorded their memories, as a tour of the school is not possible this year.

The Hospital moved to the new purpose-built building in 1935, on the outskirts of Berkhamsted. Former foundlings tell you of life in the Hospital which became more isolated during WWII when visits from foster parents, and summer camps were discontinued. 
KNOW BERKHAMSTED CANAL

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY

A range of activities relating to the canal from its creation in 1798 to the present day enable residents and visitors alike to learn its history and enjoy its nature.

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REPTON’S ASHRIDGE

Tue 15-Sep at 14:15, Thu 17-Sep at 14:15
Numbers limited, booking essential
A guided tour of the gardens designed by Repton and others.

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“Repton developed an elaborate series of proposals for gardens around [Ashridge] House from 1813 for the Earl of Bridgewater. These foreshadow the coming return of the formality and historicising sentiment of the Victorian garden.” (Countrylife, Jan 2018)

A WALK BACK IN TIME

Guided tours of Berkhamsted’s historic town centre on
Sat 12-Sep at 14:00 and Thu 17-Sep at 10:00
Meet at main gate to the castle

A WALK INTO THE PAST
BERKHAMSTED PLACE – SUCCESSOR TO THE CASTLE

Tours Sat 12-Sep 14:00
Will also include a visit to the Great Barn

Berkhamsted Place was built by Sir Edward Carey in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, using material from the Castle. From the 18th century onward it was frequently referred to as the Castle. Although little remains of the mansion itself the area is rich in history. The Great Barn is probably older than the house.

LOST WHARVES OF BERKHAMSTED

Wed 16-Sep at 10:00
A guided tour of yesterday’s canal

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ST PETER’S CHURCH & THE COURT HOUSE, BERKHAMSTED

We are sorry but this event has been CANCELLED
Guided tour Sun 20-Sep at 15:00
Learn more of the historical and architectural features.

St. Peter’s is the second largest church in the county, its grandeur reflecting the importance and wealth of the town at the time. There are many fine monuments and memorials.
The Tudor Court House has an interesting history.

A RADICAL VILLAGE – THE BAPTISTS OF NORTHCHURCH

Tour Sat 19-Sep at 14:00

Images Past and Present on Northchurch Baptist Church website captures “something of what the original 1900 building looked like… with equivalent views taken since 2014”. Also a picture of the original Chapel on the Bell Lane site.

DEAD SPACE TO LIVING PLACE
THE TRANSFORMATION OF RECTORY LANE CEMETERY

Be one of the first to see beyond the closed gates of the Cemetery, which has undergone a £1m National Lottery Heritage Funded transformation over the last three years.

Tours of 1.5 hours take place at 14.00 on Sat 12, Sun 13, Wed 16, Sat 19 and Sun 20 Sep.

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Rectory Lane Cemetery

Tours are organised by the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project and will be led by the Project Manager and the Community Engagement Officer. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult and will enjoy the space. Participation is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.  You can find out more and book your place here

DON’T MISS THIS VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE SOMETHING OF BERKHAMSTED’S HIDDEN HISTORY