A collection of hidden heritage gems in Scarborough, Filey and surrounding towns and villages can be seen by the public over Heritage Open Days weekend.
Buildings which are not usually open, and unseen or restricted-access parts of others which are, will throw open their doors – and entrance is free to all of them. The weekend runs from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15.
“Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission,” said a spokesman.
“Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It’s a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life,” he said.
The Scarborough weekend is this year again administered by Scarborough Museums Trust.
This year’s Scarborough venues include:
Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, and the Rotunda, the William Smith musuem of Geology, Vernon Road, both offering free entry on 12, 13, 14 and 15 September.
At the Gallery, there will be tours of the attic stores at 10am and 2pm on September 13 and at the Rotunda, tours of the balcony at 11am and 3pm on September 13. Restrictions on numbers of people on tours.
Sitwell Library, Woodend, The Crescent, September 14 – open to the public 11am-3pm.
St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Ramshill Road, September 12 and 13, open 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm; September 14 from 10am to 4pm.
This is home to a model of Scarborough. On September 12 at 7pm Chris Hall will talk about the medieval model and what it shows about how the town looked.
Jointly organised by Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society, and St Andrew’s United Reformed Church. Numbers limited to 35; free, but a donation towards the upkeep of the model would be appreciated.
Waterhouse Lane to Falsgrave Park: September 12 at 2pm – new to Heritage Days is this guided walk from Waterhouse Lane, Scarborough town centre, to Falsgrave Park looking at the history and development of the critical supply of water vital to the town’s development.
Led by Chris Hall. Those taking part should meet outside TK Maxx at 2pm and walk to Falsgrave Park. This is a linear walk – there are buses back to the town centre from Seamer Road or Sandybed. A Friends of Falsgrave Park and Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society joint event.
University of Hull Scarborough Campus: September 14, 10.30am, noon, 2pm – a guided tour round the campus, finding out more about its educational heritage and how it has moved into the modern era.
The campus will also be open to visitors from 9am to 3pm.
In Filey among the places open are:
Council Chamber and Crimlisk-Fisher Archives Council Offices, 52a Queen Street, September 14 from 2pm to 4pm.Look around the Council Chamber at posters, past mayor photographs and mayoral regalia. Crimlisk-Fisher Archives including historical items and information on Filey.
Filey Masonic Hall, Rutland Street, September 14, 10am to 4pm. An opportunity to meet local Freemasons, who will show visitors around the building, including the Lodge Room and regalia; explain what they do at their meetings and what Freemasonry is about; talk about the work they do for charities, national and local; and tell you why they enjoy their Freemasonry.
In nearby Hunmanby:
Lock-up and Pinfold, Sheepdyke Lane, off Stonegate – September 14 from noon to 1pm. Visit Hunmanby’s Victorian Lock-up which is not usually open to the public. See inside and learn what happened to local miscreants.
All Saints’ Church, Church Hill, September 14, 10.15am to 11.15am. Join Dr George Sheeran for a guided talk and walk around Hunmanby’s 12th century church. Take photos or draw copies of the ‘Hatchments’ on the walls inside the church in honour of the previous lords of the manor.
Hunmanby Heritage Trail, Cross Hill, Saturday September 14, 11.45am to 1pm. Guided walk around historic Hunmanby with Dr George Sheeran.
Wrangham House, 10 Stonegate, Hunmanby,September 14, 10am to 1pm. The property was built as a Vicarage for Hunmanby and surrounding villages. Occupied by the Archdeacon Francis Wrangham in the 18th/early 19th centuries. He was a literary figure and social reformer offering a free library to the residents of the village. His library was housed in what is now the hotel dining room.