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    Historical Event, Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep 2014, free entry







    Newbury Visitor Information Centre

    01635 30267



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    Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes tours, events and activities that focus on local architecture and culture.

    Heritage Open Days provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy these sometimes hidden, often curious and always interesting places in English cities, towns and villages - and completely free of charge.

    In 2014 we celebrate it's 20th anniversary and in West Berkshire properties confirmed so far are:

    Shaw House, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

    Shaw House was built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman. This fine Elizabethan building was home to successive Dolman families, the flamboyant Duke of Chandos and the Andrews, Eyre and Farquhar families. Over this time the House played host to several royal visitors, including Elizabeth I.

    During your visit you will wander through the most significant historic rooms of the house and learn about the stories from the past. There is also a garden trail where you can retrace some of the history of the hard work, innovation and ingenuity plus you can rifle through the Head Gardener’s desk! Event not suitable for children under the age of 2.

    Opening Times
    Sat 13th Sept: 11:00 - 16:00 Introduction talk 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 & 14:30

    Sun 14th Sept: 11:00 - 16:00 Introduction talk 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 & 14:30

    Free tours of St. Nicolas Church bell tower.

    The ringing chamber, bell chamber, and top of the bell tower are not normally open to the public but will be opened for a limited number of free tours as part of the national Heritage Open Days event in September 2014.

    Friday 12th September – tours at 2pm and 3pm.
    Sunday 14th September – tours at 2pm and 3pm.

    Each tour can accommodate no more than 16 people, including children, and takes around 45 minutes. To see the bell tower, pre-book at the Church Office in person, by telephone (01635 47018) or email (, or ask inside the church on the day. Pre-booking is advised.

    The bell tower is accessed by 123 steps up a narrow spiral staircase. Access is not possible for wheelchairs, pushchairs or prams.

    Tour arrangements – meet by the south porch of the church (opposite the church hall).

    All visits are free so make sure you don't miss out on viewing these beautiful and fascinating buildings.

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    Dates Times
    Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep 2014


    Free entry



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