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Heritage Open Days 2017 will soon be with us. This amazing annual event will run from 7th to 10th September this year.

Since 2011, this forum has set up a new thread each year to record in words and photos our experiences at, and photos of, each years events . . .

So, here is the "2017 Thread", and we can start with the detail of the places taking part this year, in a link provided by Steve Ellwood - https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search

I am sure that this 2017 thread will eventually contain as much unique information about the history of our region, as the previous years threads have.
 

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Historic railway buildings will open for heritage weekend

Bit far for me as there is enough venue's to visit on Tyneside but others living close by may be encouraged?

From today's Hexham Courant @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/new...ekend-e4edd883-44ca-43c6-84c6-0e7b17794542-ds
Historic railway buildings will open for heritage weekend
15 August 2017



TWO historic buildings at Haltwhistle Railway Station will be open for the public to explore next month.

The Victorian station's signal box was taken out of action two decades ago. But for the first time since undergoing an impressive refurbishment, the Grade II listed former control room will open during the national Heritage Open Days weekend, on September 9 and 10.

Another Grade II listed building, the station's old booking hall, which was restored to its former glory earlier this year, will also welcome visitors. A key feature of the booking hall is its furnishings designed to administer the Edmondson railway tickets of the 1840s. The hall's original 19th century clock has also been restored, and the building is set to be used as an education centre by the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership.

The weekend will also include guided walks from Haltwhistle station to the town's Alson Arches viaduct across the River Tyne.

Heritage Open day events will take place elsewhere across Tynedale, with some getting under way earlier, from Thursday September 7, including a chance to visit the 1760 Quaker Friends Meeting House at Coanwood.

Read more @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/new...ekend-e4edd883-44ca-43c6-84c6-0e7b17794542-ds
 

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Explore hidden gems during Heritage Open Days

Courtesy of the North Tyneside Council web site @ http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/16990/explore-hidden-gems-during-heritage-open-days
Explore hidden gems during Heritage Open Days
18 August 2017



Visitors to North Tyneside can learn about the borough’s rich and diverse history when Heritage Open Days return next month.
North Tyneside Council is once again supporting the national Heritage Open Days programme.

From September 7 until September 10, over 40 activities and events will take place in the borough. The annual event returns with an array of exhibitions, shows and guided walks, and a number of venues will throw open their doors to the public, all free of charge.

Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Every year, the visitor figures for the programme in North Tyneside demonstrate that people have a big interest in the borough’s history, heritage and traditions. I am therefore delighted that once again so many buildings and locations, usually closed to the public or charging for admission, will be open for free. There is plenty to see, visit and explore; from walks and talks through to paintings and photographs, grand architecture or industrial past, people can spend a whole day – or even the entire weekend – discovering and learning about our rich heritage.”

Some highlights include:
• A heritage film show and exhibition at the Rising Sun Country Park, which will detail the park’s 200-year coal mining past.
• Cullercoats Watch House will be open to the public and visitors will be able to look at old pictures and photos of the fishing community.
• North Shields Customer First Centre is offering the public help to use the internet to trace their family tree
• A guided walk will take place in Tynemouth, during which visitors will gain an insight into the village’s rich and diverse history.

For more information and booking details look out for the Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear leaflet in your local library or log onto www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find all the detailed information to plan your weekend.

http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/16990/explore-hidden-gems-during-heritage-open-days
 

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South Shields Crematorium to hold guided tours on open day, 09/09/17

From Shields Gazette website on 24/08/17

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Residents will get a rare insight into the work of a crematorium when it opens its doors to the public next month.

The event at South Shields Crematorium, in John Reid Road, Saturday, September 9, will give visitors a chance to speak to staff from South Tyneside Council’s bereavement service.

There will also be an opportunity to look around the grounds and building, including behind-the-scenes areas, in "a relaxed and informal way" as well as to learn more about how the service operates. Councillor Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “South Shields Crematorium provides a dignified, sensitive and respectful service for local people at what can be an extremely difficult and distressing time. “

This special open day gives visitors a chance to gain a better understanding of how our dedicated bereavement staff look after lost loved ones, from the service to their final resting place, as well as learn more about the crematorium building, the cremation process, the tranquil grounds and the wide range of memorials available.

“It is also an ideal opportunity for people to ask questions about the workings of the crematorium to help dispel any myths or alleviate fears they may have about the service.


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The guided tours will take place throughout the day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Contact the bereavement services team for further information on (0191) 4273190.


Full article on http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...um-to-hold-guided-tours-on-open-day-1-8719352

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How you can explore Newcastle's Old Post Office for free as part of Heritage Open Days

Courtesy of today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/explore-newcastles-old-post-office-13550516
How you can explore Newcastle's Old Post Office for free as part of Heritage Open Days
By Jennifer Scullion Helen Harper 2nd August 2017


Inside Newcastle's Old Post Office (Image: Richard Waterhouse/ Peter Atkinson)

For almost a century, The Old Post Office, at St Nicholas Street, Newcastle, was a focal point for the city, handling parcels, letters and packets and facilitating money orders and telegrams.

The post office, which opened in April 1876, was a major employer in the area. Within 15 years it quickly outgrew its premises and an extension was built in 1891, doubling the size of the building to 250ft from end to end.

An article written about the post office in 1899 said the biggest headache for staff at the time was delivering bridal cake – those who didn’t receive theirs would accuse the staff of eating it themselves! Through the late 20th century, deliveries of letters and cards slumped dramatically and finally Newcastle’s General Post Office was closed as a result of Royal Mail restructuring.

In 1996 the building was taken on by a local architecture firm and split out into commercial office space, private apartments and an architect’s studio. Newcastle-based NBS bought the building in 2000, and in 2016 invested almost £6m to create an award-winning office space and ensure it remains part of the city’s heritage.

The Old Post Office opens for Heritage Open Days on Thursday and Friday, September 7 and 8 between 9.30am-1.30pm. More information at heritageopendays.org.uk

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/explore-newcastles-old-post-office-13550516
 

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Help needed for Heritage Open Days weekend at North Shields community centre

From today's News Guardian @ http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/...d-at-north-shields-community-centre-1-8731382
Help needed for Heritage Open Days weekend at North Shields community centre
03 September 2017 Ellie Lyall


Cath Walshaw with Maureen Noble at The Linskill Centre.

The Linskill Centre in North Shields is once again supporting the national Heritage Open Days weekend, and needs the help of local people for one of their projects.

The event will take place next weekend on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, and plans to showcase some of the heritage and community projects based at the centre.

The Linskill’s Life After School heritage project is currently researching the history of the centre since the closure of the Linskill School and is appealing to locals to share any memories they have of using the centre since 1984. Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to share their memories and bring along any memorabilia that will help add to the archive.

Cath Walshaw, from the project, said that while they have already tracked down some ‘fantastic’ memories and photos, they still ‘have gaps to fill’. She added: If you were a member of any groups that met at the Linskill Centre after 1984 then we’d love to hear your memories and stories of what the centre was like.”

The event will run from 10am to 4pm on both days. Other Heritage Open Days activities at The Linskill Centre include the North Tyneside Art Studio, The Northumbria World War One project and The Linskill Life Project.

Read more at: http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/...d-at-north-shields-community-centre-1-8731382
 

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Discover More About South Tyneside's Past

From the South Tyneside Council web site @ https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/60294/Discover-More-About-South-Tyneside-s-Past
Discover More About South Tyneside's Past
4th September 2017



History enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to explore South Tyneside's rich architecture and culture with the return of Heritage Open Days this week (Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September).

Heritage Open Days provide visitors with a unique chance to discover and enjoy, sometimes hidden and often curious architectural treasures, with free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. This year South Tyneside has a wide variety of fascinating events, activities, tours and walks taking place across around 25 local venues as part of the four-day celebration.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "The annual Heritage Open Days event offers people a chance to delve into the rich history of the Borough and discover the wonderful architectural treasures they have on their doorstep. We have a wealth of fascinating buildings, places and attractions that capture our diverse heritage and I am delighted to see that so many of them are taking part. Whether residents or visitors are interested in history, architecture, culture or just want to learn more about South Tyneside, Heritage Open Days is a real celebration of all the amazing places we have in South Tyneside with something to suit everybody."

Visitors can join the Mayor of South Tyneside on special tours of South Shields Town Hall with its stunning oak-panelled chambers and marble corridors as well as Jarrow Town Hall, remembered as the place where the famous Jarrow marchers set off to London in 1936.

A number of church buildings are also taking part including St John's Church in Hebburn, Grange Road Baptist Church in Jarrow, St Paul's Church and Monastic Site in Jarrow, and St Nicholas' Church in West Boldon. Others include St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church in South Shields, St Hilda's Church in South Shields Market Place and St Peter's Church where people can learn about the history of Harton Village.

Read more @ https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/60294/Discover-More-About-South-Tyneside-s-Past
 

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St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead - advance pictures 08/09/17

Exterior pictures of St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead previously covered on Religious Buildings thread posts #536 - 537 of 14/01/14 on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1513385&page=27

Visited St Helen's Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead on Friday 08/09/17 AM as part of Heritage Open Days 2017

Lot of information available and pictures taken of exterior, in particular the north (rear) elevation, not done on 14/01/14 and the interior, stained glass windows etc

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Guildhall

Had an excellent tour of the Guildhall yesterday.
Was interested in a clock which was noted as being made by Thos Greaves - Newcastle upon Tyne.
Not sure I had heard of this clockmaker before.
Thomas Greaves was a part of a small watch and clockmaker of Newcastle. There was also William Greaves, perhaps the father of Thomas who worked from 1750 until his death in 1796. A trade directory from 1827 has Thomas at 52 Quayside, so located close to the Guildhall which was started in the 17thC and completed in the early 19thC.
 

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Extrerior pictures of St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead previously covered on Religious Buildings thread posts #536 - 537 of 14/01/14 on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1513385&page=27

Visited St Helen's Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead on Friday 08/09/17 AM as part of Heritage Open Days 2017

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For added information, remember that images of St Helen's Church (including the earlier posts mentioned by Ken) can always be accessed via the INDEX under "S" (Sa-Sg) in 'direct links' to individual single posts, along with links to many many other churches (and locations) with names beginning with "St".

NB - All of the "St" links are under "Sa-Sg" in the index, as St is the accepted and commonly used abbreviation for the word 'Saint'.

I have just added Ken's latest posting to the 'St' Links, at the below . . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=89405429&postcount=56
 

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St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead - pictures 08/09/17 Part 1 of 10

Follow up on post #9 – advance pictures

Visited St Helen's Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead on Friday 08/09/17 AM as part of Heritage Open Days 2017, see following information and pictures over 10 posts

Information about St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead

Church website, http://www.sthelenslowfell.com/

From that website this information for:-
Church building, http://www.sthelenslowfell.com/church-building.php

Stained glass windows, http://www.sthelenslowfell.com/stained-glass-windows.php

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St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead - pictures 08/09/17 Part 3 of 10

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St Helen's Parish Church, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead - pictures 08/09/17 Part 4 of 10

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The stained glass windows

Stained glass windows, http://www.sthelenslowfell.com/stained-glass-windows.php





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