Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
Bill Hill site of Bronze Age Burial Mound, Meet at Coopers Hill Centre carpark, Crowthorne Road North , Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QS
Guided Heritage Tour of this site of a Bronze Age Burial Mound led by the Parks and Countryside Ranger who manages this area of Bracknell Forest. The hill has recently been cleared by the Conservation Volunteers. Children welcome. Some parts not suitable for buggies/wheelchairs.
Access Information: Toilets available at Bracknell bus station - the other side of the railway station.
Additional Information: The hill is not high but the path is steep and, in places, rough.
Directions: Coopers Hill Youth and Community centre car park is just south of Bracknell rail station. It is off the Bracknell town roundabout, off the Bagshot Road (A322) near the junction with Downshire Way (A322) and continuation of Bagshot Road (A3095). Then turn left into Old Bracknell Lane East, then right along Crowthorne Road North to the car park. There is a sign 'Coopers Hill Centre' at entrance to road. We will walk under the A322 to the site. The site is between Downshire Way and Rectory Lane. The map shows the location of the car park with Bill Hill just to the south. Click on this link to see details: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/bill-hill-ancient-monument.pdf
St Michael & St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7ER
This prominent site has been associated with worship since at least 1159 and the present church was built in 1867. There are many beautiful features including windows by most of the significant Victorian stained glass designers including five important windows by Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. We will be providing church trails and ad hoc tours of the church and churchyard throughout each day. The churchyard is a registered Living Churchyard and maintained for its biodiversity.
Directions: Car Park is between the 2 houses uphill from the church on the same side.
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA
1500-1600 Stroll around the historic grounds recently restored to Temple Moore's original designs through a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 1630-1730 Tour of the mansion originally built in 1760 for William Watts but largely rebuilt in the 1890s to Temple Moore's design for Sir Arthur Hayter. Currently used as an Arts Centre. Come to either or both events with the opportunity for further questions and a drink between or after the two. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Meet for each event at the mansion main entrance.
Directions: Follow the brown signs to Arts Centre.
Church Lane, Bisham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL7 1RW
The earliest part of the church, the tower, is C13th. After Bisham Priory church was demolished in C16th during the suppression of the monasteries, subsequent owners of Bisham Abbey developed nearby All Saints Church for their memorials. The Hoby Chapel has C17th armorial glass commemorating Sir Philip and Thomas Hoby, Thomas's wife Elizabeth and her daughter in law Margaret plus their monuments, all bearing family heraldry. After the Hobys came the Vansittarts; George Henry Vansittart extended the Chancel in 1849. Many Vansittart & Vansittart Neale memorials some with heraldry. Monument to George Henry Vansittart Neale died in 1904 age 14. East window of chancel inserted in 1914 displays along the base armorial glass for past owners of Bisham Abbey with the Abbey itself pictured in the centre. North aisle added by Colonel Owen Williams of Temple House. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Access Information: There are no toilet facilities on site. Access to the chancel and Hoby Chapel is restricted due to a step.
Additional Information: The parking near to the church is limited, especially around 1600 hrs when the school that is next to the car park finishes for the day. We suggest visitors should see both Bisham Abbey and All Saints Church as they are closely connected. Visitors should park at the Abbey.
Directions: Follow the sign to Bisham from the roundabout on the A404, the road that connects the M40 with the M4. After the road bends to the right you will see Bisham Abbey Sports Centre on your left. All Saints Church is further along the road, on the left, set back near to sharp bend in the road. There are plans to redesign Bisham roundabout but it is unlikely this will have started by September 2014.
Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Bisham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL7 1RR
C13th Knights Templar great hall and other remains of their preceptory; C14th building by William Montacute, earl of Salisbury, friend of Edward III, C16th building by Sir Philip and Sir Thomas Hoby, Tudor diplomats. Dovecote attributed to Margaret Countess of Salisbury beheaded by Henry VIII. Armorial glass of C14th -C17th including past owners of Bisham -William Montacute and his wife Katherine Grandison, Richard Neville, earl of Salisbury and his wife Alice Montacute, Margaret Countess of Salisbury and Richard Pole. Other heraldry for Hoby and Vansittart families. The latter's descendants owned the house from 1780 until C20th when bought by predecessor of Sport England. Portraits of members of the Hoby and Vansittart families some by famous artists including, Pieter Borsselaer, Jonathan Richardson, George Knapton plus portraits copied by James Sant. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Access Information: Only the ground floor of the Abbey is wheelchair accessible.
Additional Information: Bisham Abbey is owned by Sport England. It is run by Serco as a sport and conference centre. This event is being coordinated with that at All Saints Church, Bisham where owners of Bisham Abbey were buried after the destruction of Bisham Priory Church in the C16th. We hope it will be possible for visitors to walk across the current golf course to the church. On 10th Sept Dr Chris Laoutaris will talk about Shakespeare & the Countess (Lady Elizabeth Hoby), his new book. Tickets cost £6: to book a place phone Joyce Delasalle on 01628 637342.
Directions: Follow the signs to Bisham from the roundabout on the A404, the road that connects the M40 with the M4. After the road bends to the right you will see Bisham Abbey Sports Centre on your left. All Saints Church is further along the road on the left, set back near to a sharp bend in the road. There are plans to redesign Bisham roundabout but it is unlikely this will have started by September 2014.
Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR
Shaw House was built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman. This fine Elizabethan building was home to successive Dolman families, the flamboyant Duke of Chandos and the Andrews, Eyre and Farquhar families. Over this time the House played host to several royal visitors, including Elizabeth I. During your visit you will wander through the most significant historic rooms of the house and learn about the stories from the past. There is also a garden trail where you can retrace some of the history of the hard work, innovation and ingenuity plus you can rifle through the Head Gardener’s desk! Event not suitable for children under the age of 2.
Additional Information: Max 50 people per tour/session. You will find our gift shop adjacent to reception. We stock a variety of Shaw House gifts and locally-produced items including confectionary, ceramics, Shaw House teddies, scarves and cards. Shaw House cafe is located in what used to be the kitchen. The old fireplace and smoke jack can still be seen! Choose from a range of delicious sandwiches and tempting cakes.
Directions: Follow the brown signs for 'Shaw House' from local main routes. Visit our website at www.shawhouse.org.uk to read more about the property and events throughout the summer months.
St. Nicolas Church, West Mills, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5HG
St. Nicolas is the parish church of Newbury, open to the public with seating for 600. The ringing chamber, bell chamber, and top of the bell tower are not normally open to the public. The top of the bell tower affords a fine view of the town of Newbury. The church was started in 1520 on the site of a previous Norman church, and it is Grade I listed. The tower was completed in 1532. The eight heaviest bells were cast in 1803 by James Wells of Aldbourne, Wiltshire. They were rehung in 1933 by the Whitechapel Foundry, when two lighter bells were added. The bell tower is accessed by 123 steps up a narrow spiral staircase. Access is not possible for pushchairs or prams.
Booking Details: Each tour can accommodate no more than 16 people, including children, and takes around 45 minutes. To see the bell tower, pre-book at the Church Office in person or by telephone (01635 47018), or ask inside the church on the day. Contact: Church Office Call: 01635 47018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 August 2014 09:30 Booking closes: 14 September 2014 15:00
Access Information: The bell tower is accessed by 123 steps up a narrow spiral staircase, and disabled access is not possible.
Additional Information: Max 16 people per tour/session.
Directions: Meet by the south porch of St. Nicolas Church (opposite the church hall).
17 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB
16th century house used as an Inn (Castle Inn), a Doctors residence and Surgery. Once owned by a Reading Mayor, Mr John Deane who promoted the bill to lay the paving slabs in Reading - the first one was laid outside this building on 8th August 1785 (we doubt it is still there now!!). The building as been used as a Solicitors Practice since 1971. Original items retained - diamond chimneys, coach and horse mounting block, shoe carving on the beam timbers. Access to areas not normally open to the public during the working day.
Access Information: Ground floor only for wheelchairs.
Asantewa House, Fobney Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6BZ
There will be an opportunity to view 'The Caribbean Front Room' and other Caribbean artefacts - which would be used in the kitchen and around the house.
Booking Details: Entry and the guide must be pre-booked Contact: A.Newsam Call: 07540594984 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 4 August 2014 08:30 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 16:30
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. Lunches are served on Thursday - Authentic Caribbean lunches from 12:00-14:00 Meals are priced separately
Directions: From The Oracle Riverside, cross the road at Bridge Street. Follow Fobney Street, passing Lochfyne restaurant on the left hand side. Asantewa House is a further 100 yards on the left.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
Basildon Park was formerly the home of Lord and Lady Iliffe who discovered the house in the 1950s and lovingly restored it. Keen collectors and patrons of the arts, they turned the fine 18th century mansion into a comfortable home and filled it with fine art and furniture, to be enjoyed by guests at their country house parties.
Access Information: Level access to ground floor. Main showrooms located on first floor, 21 steps up from ground level.
Children's section, Waterstones Reading Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Chat to local author Kerry Renshaw and photographer Electra Colios about their new book Reading Detectives, an interactive guide to Reading's history, followed by a book signing. The challenge is then to go out into Reading and answer some of the questions which are grouped into four walking trails. Anyone who manages to answer the questions and return to Waterstones before it closes will receive a certificate! Which King died from eating too many fish and was buried in Reading? When did Reading last experience a fatal whirlwind? And where might you find Queen Victoria’s finger? The answers to these and many other questions are waiting to be discovered and the clues are all around, on buildings, statues and street signs. You too can become a Reading Detective, reconstruct the past and uncover Reading’s hidden history.
9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF
Explore your local history at the Berkshire Record Office, the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire and its people. Take a 'behind the scenes' tour to see the strongrooms, conservation studio and highlights from the collections. Tours last 30-45 minutes.
Booking Details: Maximum 10 people per tour so booking essential Contact: Berkshire Record Office Call: 0118 937 5132 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6AF Booking opens: 1 July 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 15:00
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
Opposite The Forbury Hotel + Crown Court, 26 The Forbury, Reading , Berkshire, RG1 3EJ
Come find out about the plans to commemorate Reading's VC Hero from The Great War. Why was he callled the Hero with the shovel? Trooper Fred Potts VC, whilst himself severely wounded saved his severely wounded comrade from infront of the Turkish lines at Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli, over 48 hours during 21-23 August 1915. The maquette of the planned sculpture will be on display. Hear about plans to erect a Roll of Honour to the 415 men from the Yeomanry who gave their lives in the service of their country in the wars of the 20th Century. Do you recognise any names? Would you like to sponsor a name being placed on the Roll of Honour? It will all be at a height that is accessible to children. The maquette is of the two men and appeals to young children even if they cannot take in the story. We have undertaken educational outreach at schools in Reading for children in the final year at Junior School - they have been interested in this story.
Access Information: Facilities are available in Forbury Gardens, just next to our site. There is a ramp onto the paved area from the road for ready access. The paved area is not in the direct flow of pedestrian traffic. A number of disabled parking places are next to the site, these are however general disabled places for the town centre.
Directions: The site is 8 Minutes walk from Reading Station and Trooper Potts VC Way ( the Bus interchange at the North exit of the Station). We will be set up with 2 gazebos on the open paved area opposite The Forbury Hotel and the Crown Court, just by the entrance to Forbury Gardens which is opposite the Abbey Gateway.
St Andrew's Churchyard, High Street, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UP
Tours of the historical and once Episcopal riverside village to include many of its historic buildings, most being fine examples of domestic, vernacular or public architecture. Opportunity to see the highly significant baroque Rich Memorial in the church and to hear about other buildings associated with the Rich and Palmer families.
Booking Details: Due to narrow pavements and heavy traffic walks need to be pre-booked. Contact: Diana Coulter Call: 0118 969 2132 Email: email@example.com Write to: Red House Cottage, Pearson Road Booking opens: 1 August 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 14 September 2014 11:30
Access Information: Disabled parking is available in the churchyard by special arrangement - please ring 0118 969 2132 if you need this facility.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session. Refreshments available at The Bull or The Great House or Riverside Tea Rooms at Sonning Lock. Parking in Sonning Lane and Pearson Road at owners' own risk.
Directions: Meet in the churchyard near The Bull Inn.
89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Meet Daphne Barnes-Phillips as she launches her updated colour version of 'George Palmer School in Photographs 1907 - 2014' which coincides with the School's change of name to 'The Palmer Academy' during the academic year 2013/2014. Find out more and chat to Daphne who has also written other popular books about Reading, including 'The Top of Whitley Revisited' and 'Taylor-Made Jackpot'.
OpenHand OpenSpace, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1HL
Guided tours of historic Brock Keep, including artist's studios in upper floors (no lift). Ground floor exhibition about the Keep's 137 year history, including its architectural, military and artistic heritage. Children's art activities and I-spy trail. Refreshments
Access Information: Accessible toilets nearby on street
Directions: Between Brock Barracks. Brock Gardens stop on bus routes 15, 16 and 17. Free parking behind the Keep via Brock Gardens.
1 Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7AB
Best set of stained glass windows in Reading and probably the county Event not suitable for children under the age of 10.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. New lighting installed showing architecture and reredos at best.
Directions: Church with tall spire on top of hill.
Church House, Church Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AU
1) Slide presentation of commercial vehicles - buses, vans, lorries etc. - from Reading's past. 2) Visitors' photographs, slides and memorabilia welcome for showing or display.
Additional Information: Max 55 people per tour/session.
Directions: Next to Waitrose.
Caversham Court, Church Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AD
Come into Caversham Court every afternoon throughout the Heritage Open Days and see and hear works of art and poetry by Caversham artists inspired by the heritage site, which re-opened after an HLF-funded refurbishment in 2009. Take a tour of the historic gardens and learn about Caversham's unique history, enjoy tea by the river at the Tea Kiosk run by local charities. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, learn about clay tile-making with local potters Debbie Page and Rosemary Muirhead, and listen to tales of wonder from storyteller Anne Latto.
Access Information: There is disabled parking outside the front gates of Caversham Court, but other parking is very limited.
Directions: Just over Caversham Bridge, on the north bank of the Thames.
Yeomanry House, Research Centre, 131 Castle Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7TJ
Thinking about starting to research your family history. Want some help progressing or organising your family history research. Need ideas to knock down a genealogical brick wall. If so, then visit us with our dedicated team of volunteers during Heritage Open Days. We have a library containing more than 6000 items from all over the world, computers and internet access to millions and millions of records, including subscriptions to Ancestry, Findmypast, the British Newspaper Archive and Origins websites. Sited in the wing of the historic Yeomanry House, enjoy a gorgeous slice of home made cake with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to disabled toilets is only available on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, toilets can only be reached via three steps
Directions: Next to the Berkshire Record Office.
The Forbury Gardens, The Forbury, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EH
Goring and Streatley Concert Band will entertain you from the beautiful Victorian Bandstand. Why not make an afternoon of it and take a picnic?
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG66AA
At least 10% of the collection of Greek vases displayed in the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology belongs to the Reading Museum. The loan of these items (currently 305) has enabled a fruitful ongoing collaboration—since 1935—between the town and University museums and thanks to it the Greek vases can be actively researched and published by scholars, and admired by a range of visitors, including local school pupils and university students. We will celebrate this collaboration and its great value for Reading’s heritage in 2 events especially organized for Heritage Open Days. 1. Lecture: “Greek women on South Italian vases”. Professor Smith will open your eyes to the variety of ways of understanding the presence of women on the Greek vases from South Italy. 2. Weekend trail. The Ure Museum will open especially for the public on Saturday to launch an innovative tablet trail. The weekend trail on Saturday 13th September is suitable for children and adults. The lecture is more suitable for adults.
Access Information: Parking is available on campus but the spaces are limited. Please contact our office at 0118 378 6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org providing registration, make, type and colour of your vehicle and we will reserve a parking space for you.
Additional Information: No booking required for attending the lecture on 11th September. This event is more suitable for adults. Note that refreshments will be available for this event.
Directions: The Museum is based in the centre of the University of Reading, Whiteknights campus, on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS) building, in the Department of Classics, room 38. Sat nav postcode for Shinfield Road entrance of the campus: RG6 6UR
Green Park Wind Turbine, South Oak Way, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6GP
Learn all about this monumental structure, what it is, what it does and how much energy it actually makes! The tour includes a 30 minute talk on the turbine, a brief walk up the outside steps of the main tower and several interesting experiments for children.
Booking Details: Must pre-book through the following email ; Contact: Ian Gough Call: 07792158530 Email: email@example.com
Directions: Green Park Wind Turbine, Reading. At the base of the wind turbine, it's pretty difficult to miss!
Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1EH
The Church was built in 1311 and the main elements of Greyfriars survive to this day as the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain, and the oldest still being used for worship. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it became a poor hospital, workhouse and then a gaol in 1613, until 1844. In 1863 it was restored as a church by the Victorians and has been in use ever since, culminating in a refurbishment in 2000. A guided tour of the church outlining its history over the last 700 years and its current usage is offered. Alternatively a free leaflet is available for self-guiding.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
Directions: Situated at the western end of Friar Street, opposite roundabout.
St Peter's Church, The Warren, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AQ
Guided tours of the historic 12th century parish church of St Peter, Caversham, which overlooks the beautiful Caversham Court gardens. The Tea Kiosk in the gardens will be open for refreshments sold in aid of local charities.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
A 1 1/2 to 2 hour tour of many industrial sites in Reading, ranging from medieval to twentieth-century.
Booking Details: Pre-booking advised (on answerphone). Call: 01491 682002
Access Information: A steady but slow walk involving steps.
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/session. Facilities on the route, toilets etc.
Directions: Meet at the Queen Victoria statue, next to the Old Town Hall.
50-56 Portman Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1BA
We will be opening our archives, which date back to the late 1800s, for visitors to come and peruse. These include cuttings from the Reading Mercury and the Berkshire Chronicle. Visitors will need to let us know in advance what year they are interested in, so we can ensure we have it. Event not suitable for children under the age of 14.
Booking Details: Places must be booked in advance Contact: Tessa Watkins Call: 0118 955 3362 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: 50-56 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1BA Booking opens: 4 August 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 8 September 2014 18:00
Additional Information: Max 4 people per tour/session.
Directions: We are based in west Reading, just off Oxford Road, near the Tesco Extra.
Reading Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2SB
Guided tours of the Quaker burial ground, garden and meeting house at 2pm. Quakers have been worshipping at this site since 1714 and the burial ground, garden and meeting house are all still in use.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: Church Street is off London Street, which runs between Queen's Road and London Road.
Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RZ
A guided walk of 1.5 hours taking in some of Reading's historic parks, gardens and open spaces, beginning at Watlington House, a late 17th century merchant's house, where a William & Mary period garden is being recreated. Canal-side spaces tell of Reading's industrial past, while Forbury gardens recall Victorian civic pride and Christchurch Meadows reflect the development of the leisure industry on the Thames in the Edwardian period. The walk ends in Caversham Court gardens, which is also participating in the Heritage Open Days and where visitors can study examples of garden history from the 17th to the 21st centuries, go on a tour or relax by the riverside with refreshments.
Access Information: The walk involves crossing main roads as well as walking along canal and riverside paths. There are steps with alternative slope options at some points along the route.
Additional Information: The features and locations of the 3 main garden sites visited on the walk: Watlington House, the Forbury gardens and Caversham Court gardens, all illustrate interesting periods in Reading's history and cultural development. Watlington House is managed by a board of Trustees, while Reading Borough Council owns both the Forbury and Caversham Court gardens, which have been restored with funding from English Heritage and others. Caversham Court has an active Friends organisation.
Directions: Watlington House is near The Lyndhurst Public House and 2 of Reading's historic churches with tall spires. The end location is Caversham Court Gardens RG4 7AG.
35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS
Small edible roof forest garden developed to demonstrate sustainability and our dependence on plants. All plants in the garden have an economic use for food, clothing, medicine etc. and come from all over the world. Demonstration of renewable energy, water harvesting and irrigation systems. Regular tours of the garden offered.
Access Information: No wheelchair access to garden. Garden accessed by steep external staircase.
Additional Information: Park in Queen's Road or Oracle car parks, or at top of ramp behind RISC building. Please check with organisers if unsure where to park.
Directions: Above the World Shop and Global cafe.
Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2DB
The museum shows the extraordinary changes in medicine that have taken place in the past 150 years. See displays on the history of surgery, anaesthesia, nursing, dental surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics, blood transfusion, blood letting and wartime medicine.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3QA
Built in 1879 (with later extensions) on a site presented by George Palmer. Architects involved in its construction and furnishing include Waterhouse, Bodley and Comper. Notable features include a Comper ‘medallion‘, windows by Comper and Bodley and a rood carved by Herr Zwink of Oberammergau. There are also Orthodox icons on display as the church is also used by the St Elias Greek Orthodox Church.
Southampton Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2QP
The original St. Giles was built in the twelfth century, to serve a large Parish with a small population in well-wooded country through which the River Kennett flowed. It stood on the main road south, on the Outskirts of the town, hence perhaps the dedication. In 1191 Pope Clement III gave the church to Reading Abbey: and throughout the middle ages it enjoyed the right of sanctuary. The building grew gradually. During the Civil Wars of the seventeenth century, when the parliamentarians besieged Reading, St. Giles tower was garrisoned for the King and the upper part was destroyed in 1643. The fabric was restored at the end of hostilities, and again under a series of popular incumbents in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Catholic Revival began to influence the life and work of what was by now a very populous parish.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to the main part of the church is via the South Door. Some areas may not be accessible to wheelchair users due to steps.
1 Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3HW
The Church is Pugin's very first church design. The foundation stone was laid in December 1837. Extensions were added in the 20th century. Built in the Norman style it is a rarity among Pugin's designs. Completed in 1840, it was among the first Catholic churches to be built in England after the Reformation and is sited over the ruins of Reading Abbey. Visitors will be able to become familiar with the contents of a modern Catholic Church. There will be a display about the history of St James with guides on hand. The church has recently been refurbished in a style more appropriate for a Pugin church. There is also a new shrine to St James, the patron saint of pilgrims. Richard Lester, the renowned organist, will be playing the Tamburini organ after Mass on Sunday the 14th September from about 12.15. Entrance to this is free.
Access Information: Wheelchair access by right hand side porch. Toilets to right of this porch.
Additional Information: This year, In addition to our displays about the history of the church, we will be showing an audio-visual presentation about the church, its art and its windows. Some of the windows, dating to 1840 when the church first opened, are of particular interest and beauty. The audio visual presentation lasts about 20 minutes and will be shown at intervals throughout the Open Days. We should like to thank Woodley Photographic Club for the pho
St John the Baptist Church, St John's Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8EB
You will be able to wonder around and enjoy this Victorian Church and its grounds. There will also be a display in the church celebrating 125 years at St John's and the people that have worshiped through the generations. There are toilet and baby changing facilities as well as a children's corner, with toys etc.
Directions: St John's sits on the corner of St John's and Gosbrook Road, not far from the River Thames.
Erleigh Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LU
Constructed in 1882. This church is a fine example of work by Victorian Architect JP St Aubyn. Look out for the notable reredos and font and windows by Charles Eamer Kempe & Co Ltd.
Access Information: Disabled toilets are located in the hall - ask for key if not open.
St Mary's Episcopal Chapel, 14 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire
This late-18th century church features some interesting architecture and fittings, and is home to an important collection of pottery which was removed from an old cesspit within the building.
Additional Information: Normal church services, Sunday 11am and 6.30pm
26 Eastern Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5RY
SuperHomer Jonathan Gregory lives in this Victorian 1873 semi-detached. The eco refurb carried out has had a carbon saving result of 64%. Jonathan has implemented the following measures- ceiling, floor, loft, roof and external wall insulation, solar PV, solar water heating and much more! Previous visitors have said- "Excellent visit ... our host was very knowledgeable ... as we went round, the questions and experiences of other visitors were also valuable." "It was a fascinating visit. Great to talk to the owners about their experience of living in the house and hear how comfortable and efficient it is and that it has surpassed carbon neutral status ... also exciting to see reuse of materials."
Booking Details: To pre-book a place on a tour, please visit the Superhomes website Go to: http://www.superhomes.org.uk/134 Booking opens: 14 July 2014 Booking closes: 14 September 2014
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RQ
The Polish community bought the Anglican church of St. John the Evangelist in 1981 saving it from demolition.It was consecrated on 5th December by Cardinal Rubin and dedicated to the Sacred Heat of Jesus.The church is the central pivot of the religious,cultural,educational and social life of the community.It is a living caring church where many Polish traditions are observed but it is also used by other nationalities.There are many interesting features to view particularly many beautiful glass stained windows which were installed between 1879 and 1909.On either side of the altar you are able to see stained windows removed from the Nissen hut chapel at Checkendon camp ,one of many camps, created to house refugee families who spent many years in exile during the war .The main aisle is formed by two rows of Corinthian columns,which are well worth noticing & The Stations of the Cross. Refreshments will be served both to adults and children. There will be some toys for the younger ones and some activities for older children.
Access Information: Parking is limited around the church,but the car park behind 81/83 London Rd.properties will be available.It can be accessed by Montague St off Kings Road.
Additional Information: The CHURCH has been leased for 999 years.It belongs to the Polish Catholic Mission We would like to express our gratitude to all our benefactors for making the renovation possible,especially English Heritage,National and Berkshire Churches Trusts,Garfield and Englefield Foundations,Marian Brothers,Sister Joseph and all the parishioners for their kindness and generosity.
Directions: The Royal Berkshire Hospital.
89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Geoff Sawers has chronicled the life of the very building in which this Waterstones is located in his book 'Broad Street Chapel and the Origins of Dissent in Reading'. He will talk about the building's history and lead a short tour around the public areas of the building. His book will also be available for purchase, for him to sign and dedicate.
Booking Details: Call or come into store to book a free ticket Contact: Cheryl Dibden Call: 0118 9581270 Email: email@example.com Write to: 89a Broad Street Reading RG1 2AP Booking opens: 2 August 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 13 September 2014 11:30
Access Information: Restricted wheelchair/pushchair/pram access to small raised section under stained glass window on the first floor, but there is a lift available to the first floor
Additional Information: Max 8 people per tour/session.
89A Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP
Enjoy a small in-store exhibition of the Grade II listed Broad Street Independent Chapel (in display cases opposite the tills on the ground floor). Admire the beautiful domed ceiling with cornice, the gallery, archway, lantern roof and stained glass window and browse our varied selection of local interest books.
Access Information: Restricted wheelchair/pushchair/pram access to small raised section under stained glass window on the first floor, but there is a lift available to the first floor.
Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RJ
Come and explore one of Readings finest and oldest buildings, see what this use to be like for Captain Purvis and his family and learn about the Watlington family, view their family tree and Crest, who there were. One of the most successful families in Reading, owning Coley and Whitley estates. Also come and see where the first Kendrick school was and how life actually was like for the pupils. Read some of the pupils diary extracts from their happy days here at Watlington House and get a feel of the school. Come and see the home of the Toc H Chapel and see the stone plinth that comes from Reading Abbey. See and learn who is using the building today and see how much of the original features remain. Finally relax in our gardens with some tea and cake, The gardens are being carefully restored to their former glory for you to enjoy.
Access Information: The gardens can be access for wheel chair/push chairs users but not the house. Although you are most welcome to come and for those parents buggies can be left secure if you wish to explore on foot.
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Lower Church Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8HN
Guided tour of the church and belfry 1500-1600 Children's work sheet available
Access Information: Belfry only accessible via spiral staircase. Main part of church is accessible (ramp available)
Crowthorne Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH
The estate where the school is situated is steeped in history, with regards to the original Victorian black and white building, being a medical centre and the subsequent events whilst the school has been there since 1886. One daily tour at 2:30pm. The tour covers the following areas: the history of the main house/lodge, the Boston air crash in January 1944, the two World War memorials, the school chapel, the site of Edgebrough Manor, the authentic Tudor House built in 2003. There will be a free cup of tea and a cookie at the end of the 2 hour tour! Learning about the history of old schools always interests children and because there is quite a bit of walking outside there is a variety of environments to look at.
Access Information: Although there is quite a bit of walking outside it is possible for a car to reach the locations described.
Additional Information: N.B. Because the site is a school, visitor must join the daily tour 1430 and cannot explore the area on their own.
Directions: The school is between the towns of Sandhurst and Crowthorne.
Community Centre, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 9BJ
An exhibition of all available war records of the men of Sandhurst, Berkshire who served in The Great War together with a comprehensive collection of photographs of Sandhurst during the early years of the last century. Picnic and play facilities on the adjacent park.
Directions: The Memorial Park.
11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3NW
The Horlicks Factory is one of Slough's most iconic historic buildings which was completed in 1908 for James Horlick. During Heritage Open Day there will be two tours of the small museum, archives and the beautiful Art Deco Board room completed in 1927 and furnished with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture. There will also be a chance to visit Horlicks's own railway station and platform which led onto the Great Western Railway. Please note no other parts of the building will be open to the public.
Booking Details: Contact: Slough Museum Call: 01753 526422
Access Information: There is no disabled access to the building because of its age.
Theatre Royal Windsor, 32 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PS
Guided tours of the historic Theatre Royal Windsor including backstage areas and areas not open to the public. Displays of previous Theatre Royal shows including production photographs and history of the building/organisation. Fact finding trail around the building for children and families Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.
Access Information: Theatre Royal Windsor has limited access due to the nature and age of the building.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session.
Directions: Located underneath Windsor Castle wall on Thames Street, opposite the Duck Tours bus stop
All Saints Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1UE
2.30PM-3.00pm - All Saints Church will be open for the public to view its war memorial and display as part of the Heritage Memorial trail.Trinity Concert Band has put together a programme of music suitable for the commemoration including pieces such as National Emblem, a WW1 medley and Chanson Triste (this piece was performed at a concert on October 17th 1914 in the Drill Hall, held to raise money for the local Patriotic Fund. Originally written for solo piano, this moving piece has been transcribed for concert band). The concert will also include some readings from sources of the time.
Outside Bradbury Centre , Wokingham Methodist Church, Rose Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1XS
As part of Wokingham Heritage Day join Wokingham History Group for a guided walk around Wokingham covering areas related to WWI. Book in advance at Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre or phone 0118 978 3185.
Booking Details: Free tour Contact: Rita/Christina Call: 0118 978 3185 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Red Cross Centre, 53A Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BQ
As part of Wokingham's Heritage Day visit the Red Cross Centre on Denmark Street and learn more about the organisation's work locally in WWI. Refreshments available.
Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BB
A talk on exploring your family history during the Great War plus a drop in advice session for anyone seeking to trace relatives who may have been involved in the Great War.
Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AS
A Heritage Memorial Trail will be launched. War Memorials across Wokingham Borough will be linked together with residents able to access a brochure and each memorial will be supported with banners offering some biographies of those named on each memorial. These can be brought together to form part of a larger exhibition and the councils are talking to communities to see where this might be arranged. In addition, a range of activities will take place: OUTSIDE - Craft market, hog roast and refreshments available. Old vehicles to view, music wagon and toy soldier pewter casting. INSIDE - See how poppy wreaths are made, view memorial banners, see displays of Wokingham and the home front during the war.
Access Information: Parking is not available on-site. Local car parks should be used which are free on Sunday.
Additional Information: There are a number of other WW1 related events taking place up until November which can be found at www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/heritage Programmes can also be picked up from the Town Hall Information Centre, the library and a number of shops in the town.
Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AS
Visit the general Saturday Market to see traders dressed up in WWI theme. Also as part of the Sunny Saturdays Programme, Paris Moon will be performing French café music between 2pm and 4pm.