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Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
All Saints Church, London Road, Vange, Basildon, Essex, SS16 4PX
Our heritage weekend will be themed around Harvest. A tombola stall and refreshments will be available. We do hope you will join us! This red-tiled Medieval church with its tiny bell cote stands on a hill in a large and lovely churchyard. The banded brick and stone is beautiful and the plain and simple light interior help to make All Saints' a place of peaceful joy.
Access Information: There is a small step into the church.
St. Mary the Virgin,, The Street, Manuden, Bishops Stortford, Essex, CM23 1DF
A guided tour will focus on recent research by a local architect who has uncovered evidence that the church may be significantly older than originally thought. Previous research had assumed that the church dated from around the time of its charter (dated 1143). However it would now appear that there was a pre-existing building at the time of the charter dating back potentially to the 11th century. The architectural and other evidence for this exciting development will be outlined during the tour. There are toys, books and games inside the church for young children to play with and refreshments will also be available.
Access Information: The tour will take place inside the church and within the church grounds. Access to the church is both wheelchair and pram-friendly. Access around the church grounds may be a little more difficult in some places for wheelchairs.
Directions: The church is found at the centre of the village of Manuden, opposite the Yew Tree public house.
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way , Braintree, Essex, CM7 3GB
Enjoy free entry to the Warner Textile Archive as part of the Heritage Open Days initiative. Located in Warner & Sons original silk weaving mill, the Warner Textile Archive’s Collection narrates the rich history of a great British textile industry. From its roots in eighteenth century London to its global recognition for innovative design and luxury textiles in the twentieth century. Citing the Royal family amongst its clients the company, Warner & Sons', is an integral part of Braintree’s heritage. Today the Warner Textile Archive offers a program of workshops, exhibitions and events to complement its ongoing research and conservation projects.
Directions: The Warner Textile Archive is a five minute walk from Braintree Town railway station and Braintree Town Hall. Trains run directly from London Liverpool Street. Braintree bus park is also close by. Free parking is available adjacent to the Archive for a limited number of vehicles.
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EE
One tour only at 11am on Saturday 13th September, lasting approx. 30 minutes. Tudor school room, nineteenth-century chapel and other school buildings.
Directions: Opposite Brentwood Roman Catholic cathedral. Please enter by pedestrian gate on Ingrave Road.
Petre Chapel, Thorndon Park, Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3SA
A rare opportunity to see the interior of this attractive Grade II* listed 19th century mausoleum of the Petre family.
Access Information: It is necessary to walk approx 100 metres through woodland and then across a grass burial ground to get to the chapel. This visit is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair or disabled access. Suitable shoes for walking in woodland are essential - and the access track might be muddy in wet weather. Nearest toilets are 500 metres away at the Thorndon Park visitor centre. Nearest parking is approx 200 metres away - and there is a £2.50 parking charge.
Directions: Enter Thorndon Country Park by the North Gate (near to Ingrave). Proceed to the second car park - approx 500 metres on from the North Gate (and visitor centre). It is essential to park cars in the second car park - note there is a £2.50 parking charge. Proceed by foot. Turn right when exiting the car park. Proceed one hundred metres. Take the left fork off the tarmaced roadway along the gravel track leading into the woodland. Proceed along to the end of the gravel track and take the track into the woodland (by the entrance to Oak Lodge - do not go into the grounds of Oak Lodge). Walk 50 metres to the fence line and enter the grounds to the chapel. Note - will be essential to wear footwear suitable for walking through woodland.
St George the Martyr Church, Costead Manor Rd / Ongar Rd, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4XU
Brentwood's only Art Deco Church - resigned by the Brentwood born and educated Laurence King OBE. It retains Art Deco features- and the West Wall was added 20 years ago - and is sympathetic to the Art Deco style. There is an Outside pulpit. It has Faith Craft Stations of the Cross ( Laurence King was linked with Faith Craft). The Church is 80 years old this year. There is also a Brentwood in Bloom prize winning garden
Additional Information: There is often children's work on the walls of the Church.
Directions: We are in the Ongar Rd-A128 - near the Robin Hood pub - and there is a mini roundabout at the junction of Ongar Rd and Costead Manor Rd - and the Church is a red brick building on that junction. The car park is in Costead Manor Rd. If you get lost, ask for the Robin Hood pub!
Great Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, Cm133
Self-guided tour with plaques to explore this superb Art Nouveau church guides often available.
Directions: On B 186. 1 mile from junction of B 186 with A127
St Mary the Virgin Church , Great Warley St, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, Cm13 3JG
Fantastic art nouveau church built 110 years ago. Reynolds-Stephens architecture.
Access Information: Parking a on the opposite side of the road
Directions: On the B186 Brentwood to South Ockendon road
Burnham on Crouch, Essex
Burnham’s best known landmark, the red brick octagonal clock tower with black brick quoins and diapering was built in 1877. The tower is in four stages with a fish scale tiled ogee roof. The Tower was dedicated to the memory of Laban Sweeting a well known local oyster merchant who was renowned for his philanthropy amongst local residents. Attached to the clock tower is St Mary's House, formerly Burnham Endowed School. The ground floor is now an artist’s studio. Visitors may access the tower via a spiral staircase, then an extendable ladder, to view the clockface.
Booking Details: Pre-booking essential due to very restricted access Contact: Maldon Tourist Information Centre Call: 01621 856503 Email: email@example.com
Access Information: Timed visits due to very restricted access. Directions wil be given at time of booking
On the Quay, at the end of Coronation Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8AS
Burnham-on-Crouch Museum is located in a former boat-builders premises built around 1910 and covers the history, development and people of the town with displays from the Stone Age to the near present. Archive material relating to fishing, the oyster fishery, farming and agriculture, boat building and the local iron foundry is on display. The exhibition for 2014 is '125 years of railway in Burnham'
The Quay, Belvedere Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8AX
Designed by Joseph Emberton in 130-31, this is one of the most famous and earliest buildings of the Modern Movement in England. It will be opened for 2 tours by kind permission of the RCYC. Event not suitable for children under the age of 10.
Booking Details: Pre booked tours only Contact: Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Call: 01621 782105 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Information: A 3 storey building. Wheelchair access to ground floor. Lift to first floor. Children (over 10) must be accompanied by an adult
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session.
Essex Regiment Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ
Day 1 of a weekend of events in Chelmsford marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Day 2 takes place at Hylands House. To mark the centenary of the raising of Kitchener’s Army, the force of volunteers who queued to join the Army in 1914, the 10th Essex Regiment demonstrate life for the British “Tommy” supported by a Museum display about these new units, the 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th (Service) Battalions of the Essex Regiment.
Additional Information: This is part of a weekend of special events for Heritage Open Days 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, organised by the Essex Record Office, Hylands Estate, and the Essex Regiment Museum. Day 1 takes place at the Essex Regiment Museum, and day 2 at Hylands House, both in Chelmsford. More details can be found here: http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/wwi/
Directions: The Essex Regiment Museum is located within Oaklands Park
Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ
Day 2 of a weekend of events in Chelmsford marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Day 1 takes place at the Essex Regiment Museum. Join us at Hylands House, which was used as a military hospital during the War, as we investigate the impact of the First World War on Essex. * Meet WWI re-enactors * Find out about working horses during the War with Hylands' Suffolk Punches * Launch of the Now the Last Poppy has Fallen exhibition, which will bring together stories of Essex people and places from museums across the county * Series of short talks from experts on a range of aspects of life in Essex during the War * Seek advice on researching your First World War ancestors * Find out about Hylands’ history as a military hospital for wounded soldiers * Discover what records at the Essex Record Office can tell us about our county during the War Children's activities will be running on the day.
Additional Information: This is part of a weekend of special events for Heritage Open Days 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, organised by the Essex Record Office, Hylands Estate, and the Essex Regiment Museum. Day 1 takes place at the Essex Regiment Museum, and day 2 at Hylands House, both in Chelmsford. More details can be found here: http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/wwi/
Margaretting Road, Galleywood Common, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8TR
The Centre is housed in the refurbished remains of a 1920's race course grandstand and contains collected archives photographs and documents of Galleywood, and is normally open for two hours on Tuesdays and Sundays, displaying a series of themed Exhibitions. There is also a published programme of talks and guided walks around the old race course and the remains of Napoleonic defences. The building is also hired out to local clubs, who are being invited to take part in this Open Day with displays of their physical interests. Large secluded, mainly grassed, garden area, large Marquee and south facing patio. Easy access to Galleywood Common and woods without having to cross any roads. Event not suitable for children under the age of 1.
Access Information: Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but must be kept on a lead. Free on site car park, plus free public car park on Galleywood Common immediately adjacent to rear pedestrian gate entrance.
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/session. Galleywood Heritage Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1128416, functioning as a Community Centre seven days a week. The Trustees stage a number of fund raising events during the year in support of the building fund to enable refurbishment of a small outbuilding to provide more facilities for language courses, Silver Surfers and craft classes. Refreshments are available on open days. The buildings and grounds are leased by the Charity from Chelmsford City Council.
Directions: Travelling from Chelmsford on B1007 Turn Right at The Traffic Lights (Eeagle PH) on to Margaretting Road 1/4 mile take 3rd turning Left by the Stables Nursery and follow local signs for 50 yards turn left into car park. Travelling on the A12 leave at junction 16 signposted Galleywood B1007, cross the Common enter Village and turn Left at the Traffic Lights (Eagle PH) on to Margaretting Road and proceed as above.
Moulsham Mill, Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7PX
Moulsham Mill is an early 19th-century wooden mill, originally a water mill, which was later converted to steam. A major restoration took place in 1983 and the buildings were converted into a craft and business centre. Visitors will be able to tour part of the building and visit the exhibition put together by young people who are participating in 'Mortars, Mills and Marriages' - a Young Roots heritage project. This project includes the excavation of one of the spigot mortar gun emplacements on the site, and exploring the history and heritage of the mill, industrial heritage of Chelmsford and the surrounding area. Trails of varying lengths for children/young people and families. Teenagers will be able to engage in the 'Mortars, Mills and Marriages' project in the weeks before and after the Heritage Open Days.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to ground floor only. No lifts.
Directions: Follow brown signs to Moulsham Mill centre. Site is located near Army & Navy roundabout by Tesco Homestore.
St Martin's Church, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3LJ
Ancient Grade I listed parish church hosting the parish Flower Festival on the theme of Creation. Flower Festival lunches at the White Hart, Little Waltham on Saturday, afternoon teas at the church on Saturday and Sunday. Stalls to browse. Stalls and family activities around the church.
Additional Information: Free admission, donations for the upkeep of our parish churches welcome.
Pleshey, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1HF
12th century motte and bailey castle. The earthworks are particularly well preserved with a fine view of the surrounding countryside from the top of the motte. Meet at the castle gates. There are no buildings on site. The visit comprises a talk about the local archaeology and history of the castle and its excavations, followed by a walk up to the top of the motte. Visitors are free to walk around the defences. Allow one hour. Event not suitable for children under the age of 8.
Booking Details: Tour size is restricted to manageable numbers. Contact: Reception, Chelmsford Museum Call: 01245 605700 Email: email@example.com Write to: Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ Booking opens: 7 April 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 14:00
Access Information: The site has uneven thick grass with steps onto the castle mound, and is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. There are no public facilities on site. The bridge between the bailey and motte is unguarded, and young children should not be allowed to run ahead. The grass can be quite uneven, and there are steep slopes.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/session. The site is in private ownership
Directions: Pleshey is off the A130 Chelmsford to Great Dunmow Road, beyond the village of Great Waltham. There is parking on the main street in Pleshey, and the access to the castle is off to the left by a large red brick wall opposite the White Horse public house. The gates are off this track in a gap in the moat. Look out for Heritage Open Days signage.
Sandford Mill, Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NY
Sandford Mill is the former Borough Waterworks for Chelmsford with a red brick 1920s Engine Pumping building and a 1950s Chemical Filter Building (no access to this). There is very little to see of the original Mill itself apart from the exterior of two brick cottages. Since the waterworks closed, there are lovely natural habitats being re-colonised, and the old millpond and weir (still controlled by the Environment Agency) is impressive. The buildings on site are now used by Chelmsford Museums as an open store for its reserve industrial and agricultural collections, including the Marconi Hut 2MT from Writtle, and the Bill Waters marine radio equipment collection. Admision is free (donations always welcome). Access to museum reserve industrial collections and the Science Education Centre (used in term time by schools studying physical sciences). Children have enormous fun playing with our science interactives, whilst learning scientific principles at the same time. Enjoy the force of the water from the weir and the peace of the millpond. Find out more about how a lock works on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Watch out for our elusive otter! Event not suitable for children under the age of 4.
Access Information: Engine House is accessible (lift to mezzanine), grounds are more rural in nature.
Additional Information: The site is owned by Chelmsford City Council.
Directions: Follow Chelmer Village Way from the mini retail park off the A138 Chemer Road and turn right into Sandford Mill Road. Turn right into Brook End Road, go over a hump backed bridge across the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Canal and turn left into Sandford Mill. Alternatively visitors can walk along the towpath (muddy in poor weather) from Springfield Basin off Wharf Road.
Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1RE
Discover one of Europe’s oldest timber-framed buildings, Grange Barn stands as a lasting reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey. With oak pillars soaring up to a cathedral-like roof bearing the weight of centuries this thirteenth century building has truly stood the test of time. Join in with our Beer Festival including fine ales from across the region, celebrating local brewing tradition, with local ciders, wine and food to boot! There will be demonstrations of local crafts and activities.
Access Information: The building has a small step on entrance, ramp available; the ground floor is level and accessible. The grounds are mostly grass and hard surfaced car parking area.
Additional Information: Why not combine your visit with Paycocke’s House & Garden "One of the most attractive half-timbered houses of England" – Nikolaus Pevsener. A fine Tudor wool merchant's house with a beautiful and tranquil arts-and-crafts style cottage garden and period rooms which is only a 5 to 10 minute walk away. Paycocke’s House & Garden is also taking part in the Heritage Open Day on Saturday 13 September.
25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS
Come and explore "One of the most attractive half-timbered houses of England" – Nikolaus Pevsener. Paycocke's is a fine Tudor wool merchant's house with a beautiful and tranquil arts-and-crafts style cottage garden and period rooms. Discover the changing fortunes of this house over its 500 year history. There are quizzes for children and try your hand at croquet on the lawn.
Access Information: There is limited on street parking outside Paycocke's House but car parking is available at Grange Barn half a mile away. Blue badge holders can park on the street and there is a drop-off point in front of the house for blue badge holders only. Some steps in grounds but these can be avoided to give full access, there are brick and gravel paths, lawns and some uneven ground. Access to the building is via a step to the entrance, ramp available. Ground floor accessible and stairs to other floors. Disabled toilet at Grange Barn
Additional Information: Paycocke’s House & Garden has a coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and scones, last service 16.30. Why not also visit Grange Barn, 5-10 minute walk away it stands as a lasting reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey. With oak pillars soaring up to a cathedral-like roof bearing the weight of centuries this thirteenth century building has truly stood the test of time. It is also taking part in the Heritage Open Day on Saturday 13th September.
War Memorial, Castle Park Gates, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
Saxon tower, Norman Castle, stunning 21st century design and everything in between …Colchester has it all. Celebrate Colchester’s brilliant buildings with Janet Gardener. Limited spaces, first come first served on the day. Tour starts at the war memorial at Castle Park gates and lasts about 2 hours.
Access Information: Some uneven pavements on the tour and some areas are on slopes.
Additional Information: This walk is being conducted on a first-come first-served basis, and the guide will take numbers at their discretion.
Directions: The tour begins at the war memorial next to the Castle Park gates at the end of High Street.
St James the Less and St Helen's Church, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QB
Take a guided walk from St James the Less and St Helen's church to St John's Abbey Gatehouse hearing the history of the site.
Access Information: Walk mainly on good surface. May be access issues inside the church and gatehouse.
Berechurch Hall Road, Berechurch, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NU
16th century burial chamber of the Audley family, managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. Fine hammer beam roof with superb monuments and other original features.
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
Originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 with stepped Dutch gables. Converted to a mill in the 19th century for cloth manufacturing, and later flour milling. Working water wheel on site. Tranquil grounds and pond. Craft fair taking place over the weekend.
Access Information: 2 steps to entrance, steep stairs to other floors. Some slopes and steps within grounds.
Directions: Off Mersea Road, turn left at stonemason's. A vintage bus service will serve Bourne Mill on Saturday.
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Britain's largest Norman keep, built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius. Colchester Castle was built in the 11th century and has recently undorgone a massive redisplay. Visitors can see the new displays, interactives and impressive son et lumiere projection. Tours into the Roman temple vaults and onto the roof are also available at extra charge
Access Information: Wheelchairs are not able to access the temple vaults or roof. There are a limited number of disabled bays on the road just outside the Castle park.
Directions: At the end of High Street in Castle Park.
Mersea Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RU
Take a tour of the cemetery, a beautiful and peaceful space, hearing about its history. The tour lasts approx 1-1.5 hrs (Saturday only). Children and dogs on leads welcome.
Access Information: Most of the guided tour is carried out on hard path, but there are some steep sections.
Directions: Tours begin at the cemetery gate opposite Bourne Road. The site is approximately half a mile south of town centre on Mersea Road.
6 Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
To mark this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, there will be two exhibitions arising from the Quaker Peace Testimony that war and the preparation for war are inconsistent with the spirit of Christ. • “The World is My Country” highlights the untold history of people who opposed the First World War at the time. • Paintings about peace by Phoebe P Willetts (1917 to 1978) is a selection of work by the artist, life-long peace campaigner and deaconess, curated by her daughter, Colchester Quaker, Ann Dowden. • On Heritage Open Day visitors can: explore the Meeting House, ask us about our faith and practice, watch a video about Quakerism in Colchester, view the exhibitions and the Quaker Peace Testimony. Refreshments available.
Access Information: Wheelchair access (ground floor only), wheelchair accessible toilet.
Additional Information: Colchester Quaker Meeting House is a Grade II listed building dating from 1803. Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends) have been active in Colchester since the seventeenth century. At the heart of Quakerism is our worship. We come together in stillness and silence, to open our hearts and lives to God.
Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3ND
A chance to look at this historic school, including the library and its two Jacobean fireplaces, as well as the hall (and its church organ). There will be regular tours of the garden and refreshments will be available in the garden. 20 minute talks will also take place in the hall.
Directions: Just outside the town centre as you head towards Lexden and Stanway.
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1FR
Exciting design by John Belcher, 1898-1902. Tower surmounted by a bronze figure of St Helena, 162 ft above the street. Property open via guided tours, including private rooms, the courts and the cells.
Access Information: The tours include several staircases.
Directions: The Town Hall is at a central location on High Street and is very visible by its tall clock tower.
Stops at Sheepen Road, Castle, Bourne Mill, University and Mersea Barrow, Colchester, Essex
A vintage bus service (courtesy of Colne Estuary Preserved Buses) will link Colchester Town Centre and Heritage Open Day properties with Essex University, Bourne Mill and Mersea Barrow. See publicity for timetables (or on the web at www.cimuseums.org.uk and www.colneestuarypb.co.uk).
Access Information: Due to the older nature of the vehicles, they are not accessible to wheelchairs. However, wheelchairs can be stored on the journey.
Directions: Regular buses depart from Sheepen Road lorry park and stop at Colchester Castle, Essex University and Bourne Mill, with other services serving Mersea Barrow.
War Memorial, Castle Park Gates, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YG
Explore Colchester's amazing past with an entertaining and knowledgable Blue Badge Guide. Siege of Colchester tour at 1100 (based on the events of 1648), and Roman Colchester tour at 1500.
Access Information: Tour generally on good hard ground. Disabled parking in nearby streets. Disabled toilet (via RADAR key, available from Hollytrees museum next door) adjacent to starting point.
Directions: The tour starts at the war memorial and entrance to Castle Park at the end of the High Street.
Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Built by the Saxons around 1000AD, the church tower is the oldest standing building in Colchester, pre-dating the Norman castle by three quarters of a century. The tower features a small doorway and recycled Roman bricks. Later additions include the 14th century chancel and Victorian extensions.An elaborate memorial to William Gilberd (1544 - 1603), Colcestrian, physician to Queen Elizabeth I and the first great European experimental scientist, is mounted on the North wall.The church closed in 1952, and was opened as a museum in 1974. The church is now run by GO4 Market Café and this weekend will include craft activities, tours and live music pus displays on William Gilberd. The tower is not accessible to climb, but visitors can look inside. Fun craft activities will take place throughout the day.
Additional Information: The church also houses a vintage market and coffee shop.
Directions: In the centre of town, next to the library and Lion Walk shopping precinct.
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
A rare chance to take a backstage tour of this wonderful theatre. Built in 1972, it has been hosting some of the country's biggest names ever since.
Directions: The Mercury Theatre is next to the large 'Jumbo' water tower, which can be seen from most parts of Colchester.
Mersea Barrow, East Mersea Road, Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SL
See inside a Roman barrow, built about 90 AD - 120 AD. Excavated in 1912 when a small built structure was discovered , inside which was a lead box containg a fine glass bowl holding cremated remains. These were removed to Colchester museum after discovery. In 2013 the bones were analysed to reveal fascinating facts about a unique funeral rite. Children of all ages welcome with responsible adults
Access Information: No electric light inside (at time of writing) Interior lit with candles, bring a torch if you can. Narrow approach passage with 2 steps down to a wider viewing area. Can be a bit claustrophobic.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. Historical information given prior to entry. Guided Tour inside. Book about the history and recent research on sale, also Postcard views of the Barrow.
Directions: Approximately 100 m to the east of the junction with Dawes Lane. Designated Parking at Barrow Barn.
Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ
Tour of the former NAAFI (where the Roman Circus Centre is located) and some of the surviving Victorian and later army buildings which once formed part of Colchester Garrison. NAAFI food in the cafe. Event not suitable for children under the age of 10.
Access Information: The Roman Circus Centre is still under development so certain aspects are incomplete.
Additional Information: The tours include a tour of the Roman circus.
Directions: Head for the Butt Road car park which is located off Butt Road. After parking (if you have a car of course!), follow the new road into the new estate. You will need to walk about 300m in all. Take the first left past the car park entrance. Walk another 100m down to the end of the road (where you will face a tall wooden fence). Turn right here and walk a further 100m to the end of the road where you will find the Roman Circus Centre.
30 East Stockwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1ST
Peake's House stands in the Dutch Quarter, which has retained its old street plan. Originally three cottages and with Colchester being a centre of the cloth trade, they probably belonged to weavers, the long mullioned windows designed to give light to the men at their looms. The satisfying late Elizabethan interiors of a prosperous merchant’s house provide a particularly atmospheric existence within its walls. Young Landmarker's sheets will be available.
Additional Information: The Landmark Trust is opening Peake's House in association with Heritage Open Days. Admission is free and leaflets are provided detailing the building's history. For more details view our map for the property or see directions. Should you need any further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Monday to Friday 0900-1800 and Saturday 1000-1600.
6 Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Grade II listed half-timbered building dating from 1803, originally the home of William Mason, a leading solicitor in the firm serving painter John Constable. It stayed in the family until 1919, when the house became a doctor's surgery. After several more use changes, the house fell into serious disrepair in the 1960s, until the Colchester Quakers bought it in 1971, preserving the frontage and rebuilding the inside to their purposes.
Access Information: Slight steps into building.
Additional Information: 'The World is My County', an exhibition of posters commemorating non-violent resistance to the First World War, will be on display.
Directions: Next to Colchester Arts Centre amd the Mercury Theatre, just off Head Street.
Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UB
Small area of foundations of Roman theatre that featured in the destruction of Colchester by Boudica in AD 60. Originally had capacity for 3000 spectators.
Access Information: Slight step into property, which can be negotiated by a wheelchair with assistance.
Directions: In the Dutch Quarter just off the High Street.
War Memorial, Castle Park Gates, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Take a guided walk around the oldest town wall in the country. Built in the early 60s AD as a response to Boudica's attack on Colchester, over two thirds still remain, including the most complete Roman gateway in Britain. Approx 1.5 hrs long.
Access Information: Accessible walk, although it does include slopes and bumps.
3 West Stockwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1HQ
15th century half-timbered building with remarkable wood carvings. Formerly a merchant's house and an inn.
Directions: West Stockwell Street is off High Street next to the Town Hall.
Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EE
Ruined nave of the first Augustinian priory in Britain. Built c.1100-1170. Norman revival parish church by William Mason, 1836. Priory ruins in the care of English Heritage.
Access Information: Most areas fine for wheelchair access, but slopes in places in the Priory ruins.
Directions: Adjacent to Colchester Town railway station.
St John's Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ
Originally a church, St Giles was consecrated in 1116 and closed in 1954. It is currently used as a Masonic Meeting Centre. As a listed building, careful preservation of its many features have been maintained. St Giles is the meeting place for the oldest Masonic Lodge in Essex, Angel Lodge, which recently celebrated its 275th anniversary. An informative guided tour of the building will take place on the hour from 1000 to 1600, which will include visiting the Lucas Chapel.
Access Information: Good wheelchair access with lifts to upper floors.
St Helen's Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UR
Medieval chapel, first mentioned in 1076. Saxon in origin, built on Roman foundations and rebuilt several times. Now used as a Greek Orthodox Church.
Access Information: Step into the property.
Directions: In the Dutch Quarter just off the High Street.
East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QL
Dating from the late 12th / early 13th century, with later additions, and restoration in the 19th century. Features include 18th and 19th century paintings, 17th century brasses and the church organ. John Ball, leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, used to preach at this church.
51 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QB
Built in 1837 and designed by John Joseph Scholes, a leading Roman Catholic architect and scholar, this church was the first post-reformation Catholic Parish Church in Colchester. Built in white brick in the Norman style, without a tower but with Gothic style turrets. The wide interior consisting of Norman columns. Early 20th century extensions, and a new chapel in 1987. Stained glass windows. On Thursday there will be a talk and exhibition on '12 Scenes of Colchester'. On Friday there will be a talk on Church art and sculpture. On Saturday the theme will be remembrance of regiments lost.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to church, tea rooms and toilets.
St John's Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7HA
Early 15th-century gatehouse, with flint flushwork, a vaulted roof and battlements flanked by pinnacled corner turrets. A narrow winding staircase leads up to the main room. Historical associations with Richard III and the English Civil War, from which battle scars are still visible.
Access Information: No wheelchair access up the tower, but can view the gatehouse at ground level.
Military Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2AN
The Garrison Church was built in 1856. Timber construction with slate roof built for services holding up to 900 people, is the last building of its kind left. Restored 1891 and 1989, re-opened by Russian Orthodox Church in 2009 after being left redundant for two years.
Hythe Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2LW
A rare opportunity to view this mainly 14th century building, with impressive tower, which carries scars from the Civil War in the form of bullet holes in the south door. Sailors' graves in the church yard.
Directions: On Hythe Hill on the left as you leave the town centre, approximately half a mile from town centre. 5 minutes' walk from Hythe station.
West Stockwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1HQ
Medieval church with impressive 14th century roof, wall painting and Norman tower that was badly damaged during the 1648 Siege of Colchester. Now managed by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Directions: Just off High Street - West Stockwell Street is next to the Town Hall, visible by its tall clock tower.
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
A late 19th century church with a medieval tower, which was badly damaged during the Civil War in 1648. Tours of the tower are available, from where you can see clear views of Colchester. Site is now used as an arts venue.
Access Information: Wheelchair access in church, but not on the tower tours.
Directions: Next to the Mercury Theatre, just off Head Street.
North Hill, Colchester, Essex
Town centre church dating from the 15th century with 18th century galleries. A display and tour guide leaflet will be available. There is planned to be an abseil from the church tower, organised by Adventure Plus & Christian Aid, on the Saturday. Drawing and colouring activities for children.
Directions: At the top of North Hill near the junction of High Street.
18 West Stockwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1HN
Built around 1350, this superb example of a medieval inn re-opened in 2013 following a £1 million renovation during which was discovered an inglenook fireplace now restored to its former glory. A 14th-century archway, dragon’s tail ceiling joists, crown posts and medieval carvings make this a wonderful place to visit. Tours: Explore The Stockwell with proprietor Robert Morgan as he reveals the history of this 14th century medieval building and the restoration project to transform it into today’s charming restaurant. Learn about the amazing artifacts discovered during the restoration. Colchester Town Watch will have armour and weapons for visitors to try on and explore (Saturday). A local archaeologist will be on hand to talk about and show some artefacts found during the building’s renovation (Sunday).
Access Information: Some stairs to upper floor on the tour. Ground floor fully accessible.
Directions: West Stockwell Street comes off High Street next to the Town Hall.
Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN
Grade II listed timber framed building dating from the late 15th century, associated with William Gilberd, scientist and physician to Queen Elizabeth I. Interior with original ceilings and staircase. This fabulous treasure has recently been re-opened as a tea room, and this weekend offers visitors the chance to view the upstairs area of the house and find out more about its history from local experts.
Access Information: PDA - Wheelchair access on ground floor only (in the tea room).
Additional Information: Special events and access to upper floor available 10am-4pm, although the tea room is open 9am-5pm for refreshments, fresh homemade cakes and meals.
Directions: Adjacent to main library in the town centre.
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Join us for Homecoming, the launch of the University of Essex’s fiftieth anniversary, with a celebration on the Colchester campus that promises an amazing street festival atmosphere. Enjoy interactive campus tours with the experts, including retro bedrooms in the towers; bite-sized lectures including subjects ranging from sexual attraction, tattoos and terrorism, to Johnny Depp’s glasses, conquering Everest and happy cows; a huge range of outdoor family, arts, sports and cultural activities including adventure trails, street theatre, live music, futuristic robotics displays and face painting, plus test your mind and body at our brain and sport science stands; comedy for kids and an amazing magic show will take place in the Lakeside Theatre; an exhibition of architecture and memories will feature in the Hex. For more information and updates, please go to www.essex.ac.uk/fifty/
Access Information: The whole site is accessible, although the Hex exhibition space has more limited accessibility.
Additional Information: A range of catering outlets will be open, serving everything from coffees and light bites, to burgers, noodles and pasta dishes; alfresco options include BBQs and ice cream. Afternoon tea will be available at Wivenhoe House (booking advisable).
Directions: To the east of Colchester, just off the road between Colchester and Clacton. Regular bus services, and also vintage bus service for Heritage Open Days. The university is easy to spot with its tall towers.
Sheepen Road Lorry Park, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LE
'Colne Estuary Preserved Buses' display a selection of vehicles that would have been seen on Colchester's streets in years gone by. Approximately 10 vehicles will be on display.
Directions: Next to Colchester Institute, on the A134. Access near the roundabout on Westway and Balkerne Hill.
High Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6DE
Sherman's House is a beautiful Georgian fronted medieval townhouse in Dedham High Street. It has connections with the famous Sherman family and was once a school.
High Street, Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3SE
The Stebbing Meeting House is the earliest Quaker meeting house in Essex. Built c.1674 it is a particularly fine and complete example of an early Quaker meeting house. Its historical importance is recognised by its Grade II* status. St Helen's Gardens opposite, only usually open for the National Garden Scheme, will be open.
Directions: Follow sings for Stebbing off B1256 turn at the church towards village. House is 500 yards on the left.
Church Chase, Braxted Park Road, Great Braxted, Essex, CM8 3EN
All Saints’ Church will be 900 years old next year. It is a beautiful little church in an exceptional setting and contains a number of interesting architectural features, including parts of the Nave and Chancel which date from the 12th century
Directions: Braxted Park Road, Great Braxted, Maldon. CM8 3EN
109 Head Street, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2AZ
See the 2012 'Shed of the Year' category winner! A fully eqipped 1950s post office, 1937 telephone kiosk and, now fully open for 2014, the 300 sq ft "Astwood Bank Post Office" set in the 1980s. All shown in a rural garden with no less than 125 restored British, Irish, French and Chinese post boxes. Dressing up, use of L.s.d money, stamps etc. Hands on history! Event not suitable for children under the age of 4.
Access Information: Stout shoes needed in inclement weather.
Additional Information: Only chance to view this private collection without an appointment in 2014.
Directions: 1/4 mile north of town centre on A134 Sudbury Road.
Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens, Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF
Visitors will be given a guided tour of the wonderful 16th Century Walled Gardens, which has seen a loving makeover during the last couple of years. Our Walled Gardens are also ideal for a family picnic if you want to make a day of it! We will be offering a special talk about the history of the Museum, from its early days as the stables to Mark Hall Manor House, with earlier links to the Norman Invasion and the heady days when Queen Elizabeth came to stay on a number of occasions. There will also be a chance to catch a glimpse of some of our rarely seen treasures in the collection behind the scenes. And to round off the day, some traditional cream scones and jam might go down well in our small cafe! We are a family-friendly visitor centre, with special activities for children, including explorers' gear, affordable goodies at our small souvenir shop and plenty to see and do for younger ones. We have on site baby change facilities for little ones and will be happy to try and help with any particular needs if you let us know in advance. Free car parking for up to 40 vehicles on site.
Booking Details: Main site free to explore; please book for the talks in advance. Contact: Ann Olszak Call: 01279 454959 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.science-alive.co.uk Booking opens: 1 July 2014
Access Information: Our pathways are mostly gravel surfaced.
Directions: Close to Junction 7 of the M11. Full directions are on the Visitor Info section of our website: www.science-alive.co.uk
Harlowbury Chapel, Old Road, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0HE
Medieval chapel built in 1180 with a fine crown post roof. The estates at Harlowbury were gifted to the abbots of Bury St Edmunds in 1041 and the current chapel was built in 1180 so that the abbots could offer prayer when travelling to London. The chapel and front gardens of the manor house are open. Historical information will be on display with publications available for purchase.
Access Information: The chapel is up the gravel drive to the house. There is no parking as such, although limited parking is available on the rough grass around the chapel.
Directions: Situated on Old Road, The entrance is off Curteys which is on the eastern exit to the mini roundabout on Old Road
St. John's ARC, St. John's Walk, Market Street, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0AJ
An exhibition of local history including: Victorian Dolls & Toys, Historic Photographs, Family History Group in attendance. Historical videos of Harlow New Town. Come along to enjoy a feast of Victorian fun, from children's games to local history quizzes and information. Come in and join our Mad Hatter's tea party and buy a cup of tea and a slice of cake (Victoria sponge!) in our tea room and have a go at a simple craft activity.
Directions: St. John's ARC is a converted church in Old Harlow, access is via Market Street. Parking available at the ARC or in the two public car parks opposite.
Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve, Main Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex
A small nature reserve situated between a pub and a supermarket with many delightful features including a boardwalk across a lake and a stream running through it. Beehives on site. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Access Information: Boardwalk and some paths not accessible by wheelchair.
Additional Information: Parking in Asda Car Park where there is a metal gate to access the reserve.
Directions: Accessed from Asda Supermarket Car Park, next to The Royal Oak pub and opposite Harwich and Parkeston football ground.
Kings Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER
The Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas to survive complete with its silent screen. It retains the original projection room and its original frontage is still intact. Other interesting features include open plan lobby entrance complete with Nickleodeon style pay box. Inside is a small stage - still usable. Features a proscenium arch. Presentations on the history of the Electric Palace. Theme of the two day events will be First World War. There will be archival material surrounding this event. The event will be supported by local Drama Groups,pre-recorded poetry readings and songs of First World War.
The Maritime Museum, The Green, Harbour Crescent, Harwich, Essex
Former lighthouse built in 1818, now housing splendid nautical displays. Built on the site of a previous lighthouse which was painted by John Constable. Excellent views from the top floor of Harwich Harbour, Felixstowe Dock with its container ships and Landguard Point. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Upper floors difficult to access by those with disabilities.
Additional Information: Car Park, toilets and refreshments nearby.
Directions: Across the green from the Treadwheel Crane.
High Lighthouse, West Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3DQ
Recently made available to the Harwich Society and not yet regularly open to the public, the High Lighthouse was built in 1818 to line up with the Low Lighthouse, now the Maritime Museum, 150 yards away. Together they operated as leading lights for shipping entering the estuary. It is a 90 ft high brick built Grade II* Listed building and was last used as a lighthouse in 1863. It has been in use as a radio museum and as a council house. Climb the 98 steps to the top for a dramatic view of the Harwich area. Children not admitted without an accompanying adult. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Not suitable for the disabled.
Additional Information: Parking, toilets and refreshments nearby. The long distance footpath, the Essex Way, which runs from Epping to Harwich, ends at this lighthouse and there is a plaque on the wall indicating the end of the walk.
Directions: Dominates the entrance to Old Harwich and can be seen from the Railway Station.
Ha' Penny Pier Visitor Centre, The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH
Guided walking tour lasting approximately 90 minutes. Five centuries of history concentrated on the Harwich Town area. Meet at Ha' Penny Pier Visitor Centre on the Halfpenny Pier.
Lifeboat Museum, Harwich, Essex
Former Lifeboat building dating from 1876 housing a 37ft lifeboat used at Clacton between 1868 and 1988, together with a small museum. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Upper level accessed by ladder. No disabled access.
Directions: Lifeboat Museum situated near the sailing club at Harwich beach, just along from the Treadwheel Crane.
Barrack Lane, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NP
One of the earliest developments of radar in WWII - used to detect German 'E' boats in the Harwich Harbour approaches. Built in 1941 and manned by the Royal Navy, it had a range of 15 miles.
Access Information: Two flights of stairs to climb to access the whole building.
Directions: Can be approached from a lane on Barrack Lane, between a school and a house but also now from Harbour Crescent near the promenade by a path newly cut through the undergrowth. The radar tower is on Beacon Hill.
Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3LT
180 feet diameter circular fort built in 1808 to defend Harwich against invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. 11 guns sit on the battlements. Superb 360 degree views of the Harwich Peninsula, the Stour and Orwell Estuary, Felixstowe Dock and Walton on the Naze. Lovingly restored and holds many interesting artefacts in the lower rooms.
Access Information: The approach lane is steep so may be unsuitable for wheelchair users but there is now disabled parking at the top of the slope.
Directions: Approached by a steep lane between houses on the main road into Harwich.
The Guildhall, 11 Church Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3DS
Historic Grade I Listed building. Originally the Bear Inn, bought in 1673, rebuilt in 1769 and converted into a Guildhall and Gaol. House Regalia dating back to 1605 and the old gaol, on the ground floor, has wall carvings of ships by French prisoners, dating back to the late 1700s. See the Council Chamber and former Magistrates Court on the first floor. No specific child-based activities. Open to all, event suitable for ages 5-18
Access Information: Building entrance doe not have a ramp for wheelchairs or pushchairs/prams. Single step entrance through single front door. Space is limited on the ground floor. No lift to the first floor; stairs only. Toilets are not equipped for wheelchairs and there are no baby-changing facilities. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/session.
Directions: Located opposite the former 3 Cups Public house in Old Harwich just before St Nicholas Church.
The Treadwheel Crane, Harwich Green, Wellington Road, Harwich, Essex
17th century wooden treadwheel crane manned by two men, originally used in shipbuilding in the nearby Naval Yard. Moved in 1932 to its current position and now a unique historical attraction and a Grade II* listed building. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Access Information: Difficult to access with a wheelchair. One high step to gain access.
Additional Information: Parking, toilets and refreshments nearby.
Directions: On Harwich Green, between the Lifeboat Museum and the Maritime Museum.
The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH
The information centre is based in the old ticket office on ha'penny pier. It also has a room dedicated to a World War 1 exhibition. Full information about all the local Heritage Open Days sites and events will be available here as well as free guided walks of the Maritime Trail, lasting approx 90 mins.
Access Information: Public toilets nearby.
Church Lane, Little Totham, Essex, CM9 8LU
Stewards will be available to guide visitors around this Norman and Medieval church. In contrast to the simple design of the exterior, within the south porch is the most highly decorated Norman doorway in the district with a fine early 14th century door and iron work. The simple north door with its Saxon ironwork is one of the oldest recorded in England. Other items of interest include a fine Jacobean monument and the 250 year old domestic organ. Small parties will be guided up the timber framed tower to the bell chamber with its 15th and 17th century three bells.
Access Information: Access up tower via steep narrow steps.
Directions: Church Lane, Little Totham, Maldon. CM9 8LU.
St John The Baptist Church, Church Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1PD
A display of Classic Cars
Forest Hall, 2 High Beech Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4BL
Come and visit this Chalet style building which was built in 1899 where you can view the original structures of the church. There will also be a small Exhibition of Historic Bibles and Christian Literature and free refreshments will be made available
Lopping Arts Centre - Art Trail, 187b High Road , Loughton, Essex, IG10 4LF
Loughton Arts Centre, located next to Lopping Hall, is dedicated to the visual arts: painting and drawing, photography, sculpture and design. Come along and see the artwork currently on display.
Directions: Arts Centre is beneath Lopping Hall
Loughton High Road, Loughton, Essex
Lopping Hall was opened in 1884 to a design by local architect Edmond Egan, and is one of the most important public buildings in Loughton. It was paid for by the Corporation of London to compensate villagers for the loss of traditional rights to lop wood in Epping Forest, rights which were bought out when the management of the forest was taken over by the Corporation in 1878. The total given by the City was £7,000: the cost of the building was £3,236, with a further sum forming a capital gift in the creation of a Lopping Hall Endowment Trust. This day offers the chance to visit the hall, meet some of the regular users, find out about its history, and also to discover what recent improvements have been made and what the Trustees hope to achieve in the future. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.
Directions: North of Loughton High Road - building between Station Road and High Road
Loughton Cemetery Chapel, Church Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1PD
Loughton Cemetery was laid out in 1887 by a burial board and the Chapel built in the 1890s. The Chapel is not usually open to the public so this is an opportunity to come and see inside this historic building. There are a number of Commonwealth war graves and Victorian memorials in the cemetery. Visitors can come and see inside the Grade II listed Chapel which has attractive stained glass windows.
Directions: Adjacent to St John's Church, Church Lane.
Church Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1PD
St John the Baptist Church was built in November 1846. The Church is a yellow brick building in 'Norman style', consisting of nave, chancel, transepts, north porch, and central tower. There are a total of eight bells, originally installed between 1866 and 1847. Bell ringing practice is on Tuesday evenings. Doors are open in addition to the Sunday services all over the weekend.
High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1BB
Visitors are invited to look around the church and will find a free leaflet containing information on the history of the building. St Mary's Church has its own café, Café Hope, and this will also be open from 9.15 - 14.45 where you can purchase speciality tea, coffee and home-made cakes.
Loughton Cemetery, Church Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1PD
A tree trail and talk on the trees around Loughton Cemetery
Directions: Adjacent to St Johns Church
Beeleigh, Maldon, Essex
The remains of a five storey water and steam mill. While the water mill was destroyed by fire in 1875, the steam mill remains largely intact. A voluntary group of enthusiasts have launched the Beeleigh Mill Restoration Group in order to bring the mill into working order and to open it to the public. Guided tours will be provided by the Restoration Group. whilst there, explore the ancient hamlet of Beeleigh; leaflet and walking routes available from Maldon TIC.
Access Information: Access restricted by gravel drive and narrow entrances.
Additional Information: On the theme of industrial heritage, the Museum of Power is just a 15 - 20 minute walk away.
This picturesque little medieval church, isolated out on Dengie marshland, is cared for by the Friends of Friendless Churches. An award-winning scheme of structural repair rescued the building from potential collapse. Special features of the church include its 16th century timber framed tower, 17th century north porch and 18th century wall paintings. Take time to wander along the adjacent footpath to view the ‘Petrified Oaks’, listed in the Domesday Book.
Access Information: Caution needed; track is a right of way for farm vehicles. Parking and turning space limited. Rough grass and low steps into church.
Goldhanger, Maldon, Essex
A one-hour tour of the village centre bringing the past of this small estuary community to life. The Square with the village well and pump, the Church, and the Chequers Inn have not changed for centuries. Rectory Farm, the mill, bakery, school, coastguard cottages and village shops are all still recognisable. Hear about the village’s involvement in fishing, smuggling, soft fruit growing, jam making, sea salt production, and the Great War. The tour finishes with the view of the estuary from the churchyard and a recommended route to the seawall. Alternatively, tour the Church or take refreshments in the 15th century inn.
Booking Details: Pre-booking essential Contact: Maldon Tourist Information Centre Call: 01621 856503 Email: email@example.com
Access Information: Directions will be given at the time of booking
Butt Lane, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HD
Maldon's Quaker Meeting House was built in 1821. This handsome little brick building is set back from the road in its graveyard. Internally, it comprises two separate rooms; originally one for women and one for men, although since 1830 men and women have met together. The Georgian benches and tiered elders' benches remain. Members of the church will be available to talk to visitors about the history of the Quakers in Maldon and their practice today. Special exhibition 'Conscientious Objectors in WW1'
Fullbridge, Maldon, Essex
Walking tours of Maldon's fascinating riverside history by historian Roger Beckett from Fullbridge to the Hythe Quay.
Booking Details: All tours must be pre-booked Contact: Maldon Tourist Information Centre Call: 01621 856503 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Information: Toilets available at Promenade Park adjacent to Hythe Quay.
West Square, Maldon, Essex
Local historian and Town Mayor, Stephen Nunn, leads this tour of the Ancient Borough of Maldon pointing out the part townspeople have played in successive historic conflicts – from the famous Battle of Maldon of 991, through to activities on the Home Front in the Second World War.
Booking Details: Contact: Maldon District Tourist Information Centre Call: 01621 856503 Email: email@example.com
Access Information: This is a 2 hour tour, involving walking up a hill.
Spital Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6EA
Remains of an ancient Leper hospital founded, it is said, in 1164 during the reign of Henry II. St Giles is a unique survival of only 10 medieval hospitals recorded in Essex and is of national importance. Not normally open to the general public, stewards will be on hand to explain the significance of the monument.
Access Information: Over grass, no paths.
Church Street, Hythe Quay, Maldon, Essex
Dating from the 12th century, this important mariners' church was substantially restored in 1885. Interpretation will be offered of this fascinating building along with refreshments.
Hackman's Lane, Purleigh, Maldon, Essex
This is the only WWI airfield in the world that survives with the majority of its original buildings intact. Recently listed at Grade II*, the aerodrome is the subject of a sympathetic restoration project to return it to its former glory. As we approach the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the Aerodrome is an eloquent reminder of the bravery and sacrifices of the pilots, commemorating the earliest days of aerial combat, and the origins and proud tradition of the RAF.
Booking Details: Admission on pre-booked tours only Contact: Maldon District TIC Call: 01621 856503 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Information: Most of the site is wheelchair accessible but some surfaces are uneven.
Directions: Directions to the venue will be given at the time of booking.
High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RL
Constructed in the first half of the 15th century as part of a house for Sir Robert D'Arcy, the Moot Hall is among the earliest decorated brick buildings in Essex. This imposing building has since served as a police station, courthouse and council chamber. Containing a wealth of historic features, the structure is intimately linked to the history of the town. Opened by kind permission of the Friends of the Moot Hall. Costumed Guides on each floor.
Access Information: Access to upper floors is via a steep spiral staircase.
47 Mill Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HX
This museum of social history of the Maldon District from the 19th and 20th centuries is housed in the former park keeper's dwelling and was built in 1915, with a bequest from T J D Cramphorn to the Maldon Borough Council. See a vintage Maldon Fire Engine, an original Penny Farthing bicycle, a nostalgic 1940s living room and much, much more of interest. Childhood Room for younger visitors. Children's Play Area in the Park adjoins the Museum.
Access Information: There are 3 rooms on the first floor to which access is via stairs with grab-rails. No wheelchair access to this part of the building.
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA
The museum collection illustrates the theme of power. There are engines powered by steam, diesel, petrol and gas. The Langford Pumping Station was built in the 1920s to supply water to Southend-on-Sea District, and is home to what is believed to be the last manufactured Lilleshall triple expansion steam engine, commissioned in 1931. Other attractions include household bygones, Edwardian workshop, miniature steam railway, model village and riverside nature trail. The Steam Pump Tearoom offers a wide range of refreshments. Visit another industrial heritage site at Beeleigh Mill, a pleasant 15-20 minute walk from the Museum of Power via the stunning Beeleigh Falls and canal towpath. (See separate entry) The various children's activities include the Model Railway, a working Telephone Exchange to operate and a working model waterwheel.
Access Information: Disabled access to all levels.
Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ
On the site of the parish Church of St Peter's, the upper floor of the Plume building has housed Dr Thomas Plume's library since 1704. 2014 sees two significant tercentenaries, the publication of John Evelyn’s book Sylva and the Longitude Act which offered a prize of £20,000 for a solution to the problem of finding longitude at sea. This year’s exhibition will feature items from the Library’s botanical collection, its two copies of Sylva and other works by Evelyn. There will also be a display of works which relate to navigation and the search for the solution to the problem of finding longitude at sea.
Access Information: Access by steep and narrow spiral staircase.
Mistley Towers, High Street, Mistley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 IHD
Mistley Towers are the twin towers of the now demolished Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Mistley in Essex. The original Georgian parish church on the site had been built in classical style early in the 18th century following the death of Richard Rigby Esquire.
Rayleigh Windmill and Museum, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7ED
The dedicated and friendly team of volunteers at the Grade II Listed Rayleigh Windmill will be celebrating the Heritage Open Days weekend by dressing up in traditional period costume and running guided tours of the Windmill on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. There will be activities, exhibitions and workshops on all floors. Follow @rayleigh_mill on Twitter for further details and updates.
Access Information: The upper floors of the windmill are via steep steps. A camera on the ground floor provides 360 degree viweing of all upper floors. Please note that access to the windmill may be restricted in the event that the venue capacity is reached.
Directions: The Windmill is located to the left, just off of the one-way road through Rayleigh High Street.