Heritage Open Days 2014
Heritage Open Days
The Lancaster district is throwing open its doors once again with local buildings of every age, style and function taking part in the biggest free celebration of England's history, heritage and culture.
This year’s Heritage Open Days take place from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September 2014.
2014 is a landmark for Heritage Open Days - celebrating 20 years of putting local heritage at the forefront of community life.
It is a celebration of the country's rich architectural and cultural heritage, offering you free access to fascinating buildings of every age and style. This year promises a more diverse array of events than ever before, join guided walks, discover secret gardens and even ring a bell or two. This is a chance to discover many hidden architectural treasures on your doorstep.
The Judge's Lodgings, Lancaster
The full programme of events is now available from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres (01524 582394 / 582808), as well as other Council buildings.
Did you know that the Judges' Lodgings is the oldest town house in Lancaster and used to be the home of Thomas Covell, the famous witchfinder-general who played a part in the trials and imprisonment of the Lancashire Witches? This year you will be able to view the house's landscaped gardens to the rear.
Why not take the opportunity to step inside the fabulous Victorian Pavilion Theatre now known as the Winter Gardens in Morecambe or gaze over the fantastic array of classic bikes on show. Or take a trip to the quaint village of Heysham where you will find the remains of St Patrick's Chapel and see the ancient rock-hewn graves which are amongst the ruins.
Old Wagon Works on Caton Road
2014 is also the 100th anniversary of WW1 and a few events have a WW1 theme including the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum and other exhibitions and The Civic Society's guided walk of the Old Wagon Works on Caton Road (now the Standfast & Barracks Printing works) which was a former barracks and POW camp for German soldiers www.lancaster.gov.uk/WW1