England Journals

Heritage Open Days 2013

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A travel journal to England by koshkha

Borjias (The Memorial Hall) Photo, Northampton, England More Photos
Quote: The annual heritage shindig was September 12th to 15th this year.

Carluccio's

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Restaurant | "Better than Beer and Hot Dogs"

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I was aware of the chain ‘Carluccio’s’ for several years but I’d never eaten in one of their outlets until yesterday evening in Chester. We hadn’t planned to eat there and had a booking at The Weighing Room, a super tapas restaurant where we’d eaten about 6 weeks earlier. Imagine my shock – especially since I was the one who’d recommended that restaurant – when we got a call in the car whilst driving there. My colleagues had already arrived and were calling to ask if we’d gone mad because there was no way we’d be able to eat there, especially with two non-meat eaters in the team. What had been a tastefully decorated place serving up-market tapas had just relaunched itself as a ‘youth’ place with mock ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2013

Carluccio's
38 Bridge St
Chester CH1 1NQ
01244 401938

Northampton Jesus Centre

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Attraction | "The Church in the Cinema"

Northampton Jesus Centre Photo, Northampton, England
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During the recent Heritage Open Days, my husband and I went to have a look at the Northampton Jesus Centre which is situated in a fabulous old Art Deco cinema. Entrance to this – as to all other attractions during HOD – is free of charge. The Jesus Centre can be found looming over the intersection of Abington Street and the Lower Mounts/York Road. We arrived at around 2.30pm, took a few pictures of the white and blue Art Deco exterior and then stepped into the lobby with all the nervousness of irregular and infrequent church goers. We were greeted by a very smiley elderly couple sitting just inside who checked we were there for the tour and then told us to head up the stairs and to ask at the desk i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2013

Northampton Jesus Centre
Abington Square
Northampton
0845 166 8202

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During the recent Heritage Open Days, I made a short list of the places in Northampton that I most wanted to see and top of the list was the St Sepulchre Church. I had visited briefly during a previous HOD weekend as part of a tour of the city’s Jewish heritage. That tour had been a bit of a mess, with more than a hundred people shuffling round the city looking at bizarre places as we went. I liked what I’d seen and I wanted to go back for more. When we got to the church on the Saturday afternoon, all the signs said the church was open for the Heritage Open Days but the vicar had apparently completely forgotten that heritage lovers would be swarming around wanting to see his church and he had booked a...Read More

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One of my favourite events in the year is the annual Heritage Open Days. This event – or should I say these events since there are many – take place during September, running on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with something to appeal to almost everyone around England. Slightly different dates and organisations cover the other constituent countries of the UK and London usually gets its own dates but I’m in Northamptonshire, so I attend the English HODs.Heritage properties across the country throw open their doors to visitors, free of charge during the HODs. Some are very old, historic buildings, many much more modern. All have something special about them. Some are places you c...Read More

Borjia's (The Memorial Hall)

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Restaurant | "A moving memorial"

Borjia's (The Memorial Hall) Photo, Northampton, England
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After nine years living in the area, we can count on one hand the number of times each year that we go into Northampton town centre. This once great town was historically significant in much of our nation’s history but somehow it lost its way. Before the 1600s we had the third or fourth largest castle in the land (I’ve heard both claims) but when the locals backed the ‘wrong side’ in the Civil War, Charles II had the castle destroyed to teach them a lesson. Not long after the historic centre of the city was ravaged by fire and sadly nothing much seemed to have improved after that. A friend recently sent me a Youtube clip in which someone had parodied the idea of Hitler refusing to visit Northampton b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2013

Borjia's (The Memorial Hall)
17 Castilian Street
Northampton NN1 1JS
01604 637555