Heritage Open Days

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

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Fri 13-Sep-2019 to Sun 22-Sep-2019—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
Further details from July on Heritage Open Days website

AMERSFORT

Mon 16-Sep 10:00 and 14:00
A guided tour of this fine Arts and Craft garden designed by Ernest Willmott and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. Assemble outside main entrance.

REPTON’S ASHRIDGE

Thu 17-Sep at 14:00, Thu 19-Sep at 14:00
Numbers limited, booking essential
A guided tour of the gardens at Ashridge showing how Humphry Repton’s plans were developed. Assemble outside main entrance to Ashridge House

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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
Thu 19-Sep at 10:00 and Sat 21-Sep at 10:00
Meet at main gate to the castle

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

Tours Fri 13-Sep 10:00 and Saturday 14Sep 14:00
Meet at top of Castle Hill, close to track leading to Berkhamsted Place

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.
BATTLE OF BERKHAMSTED COMMON – POWER OF THE PEOPLE

Sat 14-Sep at 09:45
Guided tour showing where Earl Brownlow attempted to enclose part of the Common in the mid-19th century and how the Power of the People tore down the fences and restored the rights of the Commoner.
Tour starts from Car Park grid reference SP 978 114.

LOST WHARVES OF BERKHAMSTED

Fri 13-Sep at 10:00 and Wed 18-Sep at 10:00
A canal sidewalk highlighting past industrial activity.
Meet on Bank Mill bridge down the road from Strong’s.

ST. MARY’S NORTHCHURCH

Sat 14-Sep 11:00 and 14:00
An introductory talk and guided tour which includes the grave of Peter the Wild boy and the memorial to the Fallen of two World Wars. Meet at the west door.

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ST PETER’S CHURCH & THE COURT HOUSE, BERKHAMSTED

Guided tour Sun 22-Sep at 15:00
from the west door of the church, close to War Memorial

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.
ASHLYNS SCHOOL, FORMER FOUNDLING HOSPITAL

Open Sun 15-Sep at 13:00-17:30
Tours at 13:30 and 15:30
Guided tours by former foundlings who spent their childhood here.
Meet in reception in main building

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.

OLD HALL & CHAPEL, BERKHAMSTED SCHOOL

Tours on Sun 15-Sep at 10:30 and 14:30
Visit the original school hall, 1544, at the time the largest school hall in the country and learn something of the history of the school from an Old Boy of School House who did his homework in Old Hall. The Victorian Chapel by local architect C.H. Rew is based on the chapel in Venice. Meet by the tree close to steps leading up to Old Hall.

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 MARKET HALL & TOWN HALL

Starting Sun 15-Sep at 10:00 from Copper House, the Market Hall
Guided tour depicting the Power of the People.
The tour will show how the Market Hall and Assembly Room came to be built and how it was saved from the jaws of the bulldozers in the 1970s and why it is as it is today.
On entering Copper House say you have come for the tour and you will be shown to a reserved table at the back.

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.

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

Guided tour on Sun 15-Sep at 11:00
Meet at front entrance to Berkhamsted railway station

We have no Victorian pillar boxes in Berkhamsted. The oldest surviving box in the town is in Gravel Path, a well-preserved pillar box outside the old sub Post Office which now a residential property aptly named “The Old Post Office”.

EVENTS AT RECTORY LANE CEMETERY, BERKHAMSTED

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Rectory Lane Cemetery

Memorial Restoration Sat 14-Sep 14:00-16:00
Tour and Demonstration. See some of the memorials, which have been restored and watch a live demonstration of how it is done.

Memorial Symbolism Tour Sun 15-Sep 14:00-15:00
Understanding the cultural significance of gravestone. A tour of the cemetery will reveal remarkable cultural diversity in this Christian graveyard.

Dead Space to Living Space – Vision and Reality. Tue 17-Sep 16:30-17:30
Kate Campbell the Community Development Officer will take you round the 3 acre cemetery and show you what has been done and is still to be done.

Remarkable Women Tour. Wed 18-Sep 16:30-17:30
A tour will take you to the graves of a remarkable diverse variety of women who made their mark one way or another, the emerging power of women.

Bookworm Tour – Reading Between the Lines of the Victorian Literati.
Thu 19-Sep 17:00-18:00
Discover the passions and publications of Berkhamsted’s past writers in the renowned publisher William Longman.

Historical Tour and Tea with the Countess of Bridgewater.
Sun 22-Sep 15:00-16:00
A tour with wealthy benefactor and chatelaine of Ashridge, Charlotte Catherine Countess of Bridgewater who donated the land for the cemetery.

Further enquiries to Kate Campbell.
More detail available on the HOD website and on the Friends of St. Peter’s website.

DACORUM HERITAGE TRUST MUSEUM STORE

Further details available on HOD website.

BERKHAMSTED CASTLE TRUST

Details of guided tours available on HOD website.

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