England Journals

Heritage Open Days 2008 & 2009

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A travel journal to England by koshkha

Photo of Northampton Guildhall More Photos
Quote: The second or third weekend in September is usually the time when the UK's heritage open days take place and a wide range of places open their doors to the public. This Journal contains places I visited during the HOD 2008 and 2009 and introduces the scheme.

Rushton Triangular Lodge

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Attraction | "A Construction of Religious Symbolism"

Rushton Triangular Lodge Photo, Rushton, England
Quote:
I've been aware for Rushton Triangular Lodge since I first moved to Northamptonshire. A colleague had a picture of the building as his screensaver so I knew it was local and historically significant and had something to do with Catholicism but I'd never been inspired to find out more. When the lodge appeared on the list of buildings taking part in the 2009 Heritage Open Days scheme, I decided it was time to fill the gap in my knowledge and go and have a look.It can be confusing living round here. I live in a village called Brixworth and there's another to the south of Northampton called Blisworth. As you can imagine the two get muddled. Similarly we have both a Rushden and a Rushton - the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 30, 2009

Rushton Triangular Lodge
Northamptonshire
Rushton, United Kingdom NN14 1RP
+44 1536 710761

Quote:
The Heritage Open Days occur over four days in mid September and offer the public the opportunity to explore properties that are normally inaccessible or, in some cases, would ordinarily charge entrance fees. All the properties and events are related to local culture or architectural heritage and the range of events on offer is staggering - from the chance to visit a local synagogue or Sikh temple through to town halls, factories, castles and courtrooms, there should be something of interest to everyone. Yet despite this, I've met almost nobody who even knows that the scheme exists. I would certainly encourage anyone who is thinking about making a visit to the UK to find out when the HOD d...Read More

Northampton Guildhall

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Attraction | "How to Visit the Guildhall without Getting Married"

Photo of Northampton Guildhall
Quote:
Northampton Guildhall is one of the most attractive buildings in this Midlands town although it's fair to say that there's not a lot of serious competition for that accolade. I managed to grab the opportunity of seeing inside the building without having to go to the trouble of getting married or needing an appointment with the Mayor. The Guildhall is in fact ONLY open to the public on the one weekend a year when the Heritage Open Days (HOD) scheme is running and many other local buildings such as the old law courts are also only accessible that weekend. I've lived near Northampton for more than five years and the Guildhall had long been top of my wish-list for a visit. From the outside it'...Read More

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Northampton Guildhall
St Giles Square
Northampton, England

Canons Ashby House

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Attraction | "No Canons at Canons Ashby"

Canons Ashby House Photo, Daventry, England
Quote:
"Canons Ashby, hmm" you may be thinking to yourself, "Now why does that sound familiar?" If you are thinking of stately homes, there's a strong chance that you may well - like me (I confess) - actually be thinking of Castle Ashby, a very different and much more impressive stately pile that's also in Northamptonshire but to the east of Northampton whereas Canons is to the west. I was doing my research before the Heritage Open Days in September and trying to work out what to go and see in order to maximise the benefit of a weekend of free attractions.Canon's Ashby was my first port of call on my day of cultural immersion in the delights of Northants. I picked it because it's a National Trust...Read More

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Canons Ashby House
Canons Ashby
Daventry, United Kingdom NN11 3SD
+44 (0) 1327 860044

St Mary's Church

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Attraction | "A Shadow of its Former Glory"

St Mary's Church Photo, Daventry, England
Quote:
When I arrived at Canons Ashby village I had parked up near the church but on the house side and so I'd not actually passed the church itself. However, as I was wandering around the grounds of Canons Ashby House, I couldn't help but be drawn to the tower of the nearby church. Finding a path through the gardens which led to the church I set off to have a proper look. My first instinct when I got closer was that something was wrong with the dimensions of the building. It simply didn't make sense for such a small village to have something quite so grand and the tower that stood at one corner seemed much too big for the building to which it was attached. The height of the church was too great ...Read More

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St Mary's Church
Canons Ashby
Daventry, United Kingdom NN11 3SD
+44 (0)1327 861 900