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Basing House Visitor Centre, Basing Grange, The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 7BH
As part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, Basing House will be opening its doors for free tours and drop in sessions with a chance to try out different heritage craft workshops.
You will have the opportunity to explore this once great Tudor house and discover more about its history, architecture and gardens via our tours. Also try your hand at willow weaving and black work embroidery. Event not suitable for children under the age of 1.
No booking required
Access Information: Wheelchair users and visitors with mobility requirements. The site is large and although most of the site is accessible to all, there are areas with limited access due to rough terrain or steep inclines. Accessible parking is available. There are three accessible toilets in different locations and seating is provided around the site.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session. The Great Barn is one of the largest examples of its kind in England and is the only Tudor building at Basing House to have survived intact to the present day. Also recently a location for a film!
Directions: Follow brown road signs for Basing House, these can be since off the M3 junction 6. There is a FREE car park at:Barton's Lane. Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Satnav use RG24 8AE. Please do not park on The Street, Old Basing. Tel 01256 463965 (1 March - 31 Oct only).
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Silchester, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG7 2HH
This church has a unique setting, built just inside the still surviving walls of Roman Calleva Atrebatum (the wall at the church car-park is Roman). Like St James' Bramley, the east wall is decorated with mediaeval wall paintings of flowers. The eye is drawn by the width of the chancel beyond the screen, a screen which belongs to the reign of Henry VIII, dated to the time of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon - see her badge, the pomegranate, carved along with Tudor roses. It is, according to Simon Jenkins, 'the best in Hampshire”. There are other things to note: Like St Michael's church, Basingstoke, there is a figure of Jesus by Peter Eugene Ball. You will see the new window by the font (a memorial to two local young people killed separately in accidents) and the 'Corona” or crown that hangs above the font. In addition the church has been graced with a modern extension which can best be seen from outside. A delightful building and one which offers modern engagement as well as features of the past.
Norman/Transitional Early English; 13th C. Wall Paintings; 14th C. Stone Effigy of a Lady; 16th C. Chancel Screen, Catherine of Aragon period; Plain Pulpit and Tester from Commonwealth Period; 19th. Century Bates Pipe Organ, newly restored; Victorian Glass by Clayton & Bell; modern metal sculptures by Giuseppe Lund; Carpe Diem memorial window by Jon Callan, 2005.
No booking required
Access Information: Full disabled access to building during HODS event.
Additional Information: ON SUNDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER, THERE WILL BE A BELL RINGING DEMONSTRATION (Bells date from 18th and 19th.Centuries). Light Refreshments and Guidebooks on Sale throughout.