Heritage Open Days

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

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Thursday 7-Sep-2017 to Sunday 10-Sep-2017—details below…

Events organised by the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society
All events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Bookings is requested for all events.
Contact Jenny Sherwood on 01442 865158 or email here
Further details coming in mid-July on Heritage Open Days website

A WALK BACK IN TIME

Guided tours of Berkhamsted’s historic town centre on
Thursday 7-Sep-2017 at 10:00 and Friday 8-Sep-2017 at 15:00
Meet at main gate to the castle

A WALK INTO THE PAST

Berkhamsted Place – Successor to the Castle
Friday 8-Sep-2017 10:00 and Saturday 9Sep-2017 14:00

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.

POST A LETTER – A TOUR OF BERKHAMSTED’S POSTAL HERITAGE

Tour on Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 11:00 and 14:00
Meet at front of railway station

DACORUM HERITAGE TRUST MUSEUM STORE

Tour on Saturday 9-Sep-2017 at 10:30 and 14:00

Numbers are very limited so booking is absolutely essential. It is not suitable for children under 8 and because of steep stairs it is unsuitable for the elderly or those with mobility problems. Contact curatorial staff on 01442 879525 or email here

This converted fire station is an accredited museum although not a museum in the normal sense. It houses collections from different societies and other bodies from all over Dacorum, including those belonging to BLH&MS and BDAS.

EXPLORING GARRISON TOWN BERKHAMSTED
A THEN & NOW GUIDED WALK OF SITES IMPORTANT FOR
INNS OF COURT OTC DURING WWI

Tours start at the rear entrance to the railway station
Thursday 7-Sep-2017 at 10:00 and 18:00
Friday 8-Sep-2017 at 14:00
Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 11:30

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Inns of Court officers’ hunters

The Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps was stationed in Berkhamsted from 1914-1919 and thanks to the valuable legacy of photographs by James Thomas Newman we are able to recapture something of the life in the town at that time for soldiers and locals alike.

ASHLYNS SCHOOL, FORMER FOUNDLING HOSPITAL

Open Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 13:00-17:30
Tours led by former foundlings at 13:30 and 15:30

The Hospital moved to the new purpose-built building in 1935, on the outskirts of Berkhamsted. Former foundlings will conduct tours and tell you of life in the Hospital which became more isolated during WWII when visits from foster parents, and summer camps were discontinued. Wear stout shoes and bring a torch for visits to the crypt, and see the stained glass windows brought from the London Foundling Hospital.

ST. PETER’S CHURCH & THE COURT HOUSE, BERKHAMSTED

Guided tour Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 15:00
from the West door of the church close to War Memorial

St. Peter’s Church was consecrated in 1222. Geoffrey Fitzpiers, Earl of Essex, who lived at the Castle, is thought to have been responsible for the laying out of Castle Street, the foundation of the church and the building of the Market House. The church is the second largest in the county, a reflection of the prosperity brought to the town by the wool trade. It contains many very fine tombs and monuments. The Court House is Tudor, and was where the Court of Common Pleas was held and
weights and measures checked.

RECTORY LANE CEMETERY, BERKHAMSTED

Open on Sunday 10-Sep-2017 14:00-17:30
Self-guided tours with volunteers to assist in explaining the progress
and plans of this lottery-funded project
No need to book

Come and meet some of Berkhamsted’s forefathers and
find your ancestors in this haven of tranquility.
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Rectory Lane Cemetery

OLD HALL & CHAPEL, BERKHAMSTED SCHOOL

Tour on Thursday 7-Sep-2017 at 14:30

Berkamsted School

Berkhamsted School

Old Hall, the original School House, built in 1544, was the largest school building at the time exceeding Winchester and Eton in size. The beautiful little chapel is Victorian and was largely financed by Dr Fry who became Dean of Lincoln, and his wife. It was built by the local architect Charles Henry Rew, but based on the little chapel of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice.

BERKHAMSTED TOWN HALL

Open Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 10:30-13:00 Guided tour at 11:00

This Victorian Town Hall, by the architect Edward Buckton Lamb, was opened in 1860 to replace the Market House destroyed by fire in 1854. It included a large meeting hall and a room for the Mechanics’ Institute in addition to the Market Hall. There is a permanent exhibition of old photographs relating to the Market House and Town Hall.

BERKHAMSTED CASTLE

Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00
Guided tours on Sunday 10-Sep-2017 at 10:30, 12:30, 15:00

This royal castle, the finest example of a Norman motte and bailey castle extant, still belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. It has a long history with many royal associations, although not inhabited since 1495. Exhibition in Visitors’ Room, depicting history of castle.

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

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