“BEHIND Closed Doors” is an apt theme for this year’s heritage weekend because every year – for three days – people get to see inside buildings they might not normally enter, or which open up specially for the occasion.
A prime example is Newton Hall off Dukinfield Road, Hyde. It’s a 14th century cruck-framed manor house not usually open to the public. As well as guided tours, the findings of the latest archaeological dig will be available.
Newton Hall is only one of many fascinating buildings related to Tameside’s rich history that will be throwing open their doors on Heritage Weekend which this year takes place from Thursday, September 7, to Sunday, September 10.
All the borough’s towns will be involved, offering a chance to celebrate Tameside’s architectural heritage and to visit areas not usually accessible.
Weather permitting you can climb the 139ft tower at Ashton Parish Church. There will be an opportunity to see the ruins of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield, and to look at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, which was built as a mill-owner’s residence before becoming a military hospital in the First World War and then the seat of the old Audenshaw Urban District Council.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member with responsibility for heritage and tourism, commented: “We’ve all have walked past buildings and wondered what might be behind their doors. Heritage Open Days offer us a rare chance to take a look.
“I have to add that the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the many organisers, guides and property custodians. I’d also like to thank Tameside Local History Forum.”
For details of the Tameside buildings taking part in Heritage Weekend visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk
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