Properties and events in Swale 2017
Properties and events in Swale 2017
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Newington, Kent, ME9 7JT
This beautiful 13th century church is a Grade I listed building with medieval paintings and fascinating tombs. The history of the village from…
This beautiful 13th century church is a Grade I listed building with medieval paintings and fascinating tombs.
The history of the village from the iron age to 21st century will be told through stories from our volunteer researchers, artefacts, activities for adults and children and an exhibition. Local people will share memories of families past.
Visitors may choose to take a self-guided tour or visit with a volunteer who will point out specific areas of interest. There will also be a self-guided tour of the village using notes compiled by local historians.
Able-bodied visitors may apply on the day to access the Bell Tower with views over the village and surrounding areas.
- Saturday 9 September: 1400-1700
- Sunday 10 September: 1400-1700
No booking required
No wheelchair access to the Bell Tower. People with certain medical conditions or mobility issues are advised not to access the Bell Tower.
Blue Town Heritage Centre and Criterion Music Hall
Blue Town Heritage Centre, 69 High Street, Blue Town, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1RW
Visitors will have a guided tour Blue Town and of the heritage centre and a backstage tour of the Music Hall. The music hall was built in 1868 and…
Visitors will have a guided tour Blue Town and of the heritage centre and a backstage tour of the Music Hall.
The music hall was built in 1868 and closed in 1917 and reopened in 2014 after being restored by volunteers.
The heritage centre has a wealth of information about the Isle of Sheppey especially about Sheerness Dockyard.
- Thursday 7 September: 1000-1500; Tour 1100 & 1400
- Friday 8 September: 1000-1500; Tour 1100 & 1400
- Saturday 9 September: 1000-1500; Tour 1100 & 1400
- Sunday 10 September: 1000-1500; Tour 1100 & 1400
Main site is free to explore but tours must be pre-booked Contact: Box office Call: 01795 662981 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.thecriterionbluetown.co.uk Write to: 69 High St. Blue Town Sheppey ME12 1RW Booking opens: 18 July 2017 10:00 Booking closes: 6 August 2017 15:00
Although access to the first floor is limited we do have a film of the first floor exhibits for visitors to watch.
Max 15 people per tour/session. On Sunday we are hoping to have an antiques craft and collectable fair out side the building in Blue Town High St.
We are in Blue Town High Street follow signs to Sheerness Docks. Then turn into Blue Town where you will see the garden ornament factory we are near there with a flag and anchor outside.
Rose St Cottage of Curiosities
10 Rose Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1AJ
Rose Street Cottage on the Isle of Sheppey along with its two neighbouring properties are the only remaining homes of a number that were built for…
Rose Street Cottage on the Isle of Sheppey along with its two neighbouring properties are the only remaining homes of a number that were built for Sheerness Dockyard workers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
When you come into this intimate space, you will be greeted by costumed characters who tell intriguing Island stories. Browse our period rooms dressed with objects brought to us by local residents.
Children can follow our Trail to discover and learn about some of our curious artefacts. "Photographer Anthony Jones will give demos on the art of making Photograms throughout the 3 days of our Heritage Open Days event. He will also hold Drop-in activities to create origami boats and rubbings of Museum objects. (Donations gratefully received)"
In our upstairs Gallery, our Ship’s Figureheads exhibition will feature Sheerness Dockyard built naval ships from 1677 to 1903. Many of these ships had figureheads right up until 1900. The exhibition will include photographs and paintings of figureheads by artist Janys Thornton.
In the evening of Friday 8th from 7.30 - 8.30 pm and again on the afternoon of Saturday 9th 2.30 - 3.30 pm, Jeremy Thornton will give a talk in the Gallery on ship’s figureheads.
NOTE: Pre-booking is essential for talks, max 12 people.
During your visit, you can treat yourself to a delicious cream tea in the Cottage Garden.
We feel your visit will conjure some vivid memories and you will leave having absorbed something of Sheppey’s rich history.
- Thursday 7 September: 1100-1500
- Friday 8 September: 1100-1500, Talk 1930-2030
- Saturday 9 September: 1100-1500, Talk 1430-1530
Main site is free to explore with costumed guides but talks must be pre-booked Contact: Jo Eden Call: 07967121028 Email: email@example.com Write to: Bay House, 27 Jetty Rd, Warden, Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent ME12 4PR Booking opens: 28 August 2017 11:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2017 15:00
This building has a set of steep, winding stairs which may make the first floor inaccessible for those with disabilities.
Max 12 people per tour/session. We are members of Wheels of Time. This is a a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 25 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year old children. https://wheelsoftime.uk/
By Train: From Sheerness-on-Sea station, turn right, cross the lights and walk down A250 (called Millenium Way) until you pass ALDI on your right. Cross over the road to the corner signed to Car Park with OM Drs. surgery on other corner. This is Rose St. Walk down towards the other end of the street. The Cottage is on the right just past the Car Parks. By Car: Hope St or Rose St Car parks or on Trinity Place Car Park (next to Holy Trinity Church) Rose St is the closest. NOTE: On Saturday, there is a market in the car park on one side of Rose St, there is still parking opposite this area) From Sheerness High St: Rose St is very near the red, white and blue Clock Tower. There is a brown Museum sign and a Subway cafe on the corner. Walk down Rose St, the Cottage is on the left.
St Peter & St Paul Church
St Peter & St Paul Church, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RJ
The church has the most remarkable monuments, some of which are more splendid than those in Canterbury Cathedral and it is extraordinary to find…
The church has the most remarkable monuments, some of which are more splendid than those in Canterbury Cathedral and it is extraordinary to find in a building in such a small village. One such memorial, that of Christopher Roper is by Epiphanius Evesham, the sculptor acknowledged to be the father, and Elizabeth I. There is a collection of 18 hatchments of the Roper, Hugesson and Eve families. Brass rubbing is available for a small charge.
- Friday 8 September: Tour 1100 & 1400; Brass rubbing
- Saturday 9 September: Tour 1100 & 1400; Brass rubbing
- Sunday 10 September: 1130-1600
No booking required
Max 10 people per tour/session. A pre-booked tour is available on Thursday: 01795 521581 / 07742612411
At the centre of Teynham on the A2, turn into Lynsted Lane opposite the Coop Store. In about 1.5 miles past the school on the left , sharp left hand bend. Park on the road opposite the Black Lion. Enter the churchyard and follow the path to the main south porch entrance.
The Milton Regis Court Hall Open Day
110 Milton Regis High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent
This is an opportunity to visit a very rare example of a 15th Century Grade II listed Court Hall (and very early administrative building). There…
This is an opportunity to visit a very rare example of a 15th Century Grade II listed Court Hall (and very early administrative building). There is only one other example of this type of building in Kent. The building has two cells for prisoners and a wealth of exposed original beams.
- Saturday 9 September: 1000-1600
- Sunday 10 September: 1000-1600
No booking required
The Hall consists of two floors and upstairs is not suitable for visitors with disabilities (stairs). There are no toilet facilities on-site, although there are some a short distance away. The area has various eating and drinking establishments.
Max 30 people per tour/session.
The Court Hall is very well known in the area and is very prominent in the High Street, being a 15th century building.