Discover Hertfordshire's heritage at 2009 open days

PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:10 20 February 2013

The Cloisters

The Cloisters

FOR one weekend only, Heritage Open Days 2009 celebrates England's amazing architecture, history and culture by throwing open the doors of some of the country's most fascinating buildings.

Diary of events
All events are free and visitors have the opportunity to take guided tours and learn more about a range of properties, many not usually open to the public.

12th Hitchin churches: Hitchin Christian Centre; Grace Baptist;
Holy Saviour, St Mary's (12-13th), Walsworth Road Baptist (12-13th)
12th St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter, Welwyn Garden City
12th Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans
12th-13th St Ippolyts Church, St Ippolyts
12th-13th St Mary The Virgin Church, Little Wymondley
12th-13th St Mary's Church, Great Wymondley
12th-13th Church of St Mary Magdalene, Caldecote
12th-13th St Leonard's Church, Bengeo
12th-13th The Independent Chapel, St Albans, exhibition
12th-13th St Mary's Church, Shephall
12th-13th St Leonard's Church, Sandridge
12th-13th Flower Festival at St Hugh of Lincoln Church, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City
12th-13th Letchworth churches: St Alban's; Central Methodist; St Paul's (Sat only)
13th Berkhamsted Baptist Church exhibition and guided tours
13th St Michael and All Angel's, Sunnyside, Berkhamsted
13th St John the Evangelist's Church, Berkhamsted
13th St Peter's Church, Berkhamsted
13th St Mary's Church, Northchurch
13th All Saints Church, Willian

12th Dacorum Heritage Trust Museum Store, Berkhamsted
12th Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery
12th Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery, Broadway
12th-13th Museum of Technology, Hemel Hempstead
12th-13th British Schools Museum, Hitchin
12th-13th First Garden City Heritage Museum, 296 Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City

12th Hertford Quaker Meeting House
12th-13th The Biggin, Queen Street, Hitchin
12th-13th Stevenage Bath House
12th-13th Tours of Scott's Grotto, Ware
12th-13th The Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City
12th-13th Mrs Elizabeth Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City
12th-13th Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City
13th Berkhamsted Town Hall
13th Visit the crypt, Ashlyn's School, Berkhamsted
13th Claire Lloyd Properties, 13th century timber framed building, High Street, Berkhamsted
13th Berkhamsted Collegiate School
13th The 14th Century Abbey Gateway, St Albans
13th Hertford Civic Society 40th anniversary celebrations, Salisbury Square, Hertford
13th The Princess Helena College, Hitchin, A Knights Templar site
13th Howgills Friends Meeting House, South View, Letchworth Garden City
13th The Cloisters, Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City

NEW: Brickendonbury
New this year and not normally open to the public is Brickendonbury. Used by the Special Operations Executive to train agents and resistance workers in industrial sabotage throughout the Second World War, Brickendonbury has a long and colourful history dating back to Saxon times with parts of the mansion dating back to the late 17th century. It is believed agents trained at Brickendonbury were involved in vital operations such as the daring raid to destroy the Norwegian heavy water plant (part of Germany's nuclear bomb programme) and the bombing of the Renault engineering plant in France.

The Spirella Building, Bridge Road
The Grade II* listed former corset and swimwear factory in Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, will have displays and exhibitions. The story of The Spirella Building showcases the life and times of the Spirella Company in the world's first Garden City plus the 11million refurbishment completed in 1999.

DON'T MISS Guided walks around the streets of Letchworth Garden City's 'Cheap Cottages' by the current owners. Departing from The Spirella Building. Pre-booking required. 01462 487868

12th-13th Open days and demonstrations, Redbournbury Watermill, St Albans
12th-13th Signalling demonstrations, videos, Model Railways, St Albans South Signal Box

12th Brickendonbury Estate, Hertford
13th Guided walk around Rooks House Nest, former home of novelist EM Forster. Meet St Nicholas Church Lych Gate, Stevenage
12th Tour the house and gardens of GB Shaw at Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence
13th Berkhamsted Castle
13th Tours of Hertford Castle,
part of the Garden Festival

12th Hitchin guided walks: The best and worst
12th Historical talks and open day, St Margaret's School, Bushey
12th-13th Lecture: Independency
in St Albans. A brief history of the Independents, also known as Congregationalists from the 17th century to the present day at the Independent Chapel, St Albans
12th-13th Guided Walk on Stevenage High Street

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