Heritage Open Days 2018

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Celebrate Heritage Open Days and do something new!  All events listed here are free!

Daventry Holy Cross Church – Ride & Stride 

Saturday 8th September – 10.00 – 16.00

Church Walk, Daventry, NN11 4BL

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Visit Daventry Holy Cross Church and support Northamptonshire’s beautiful churches by taking part in a sponsored bike ride or walk, supported by The National Churches Trust and in partnership with County Churches Trusts nationwide, Ride+Stride crosses 34 counties and opens the doors to some of Britain’s most rare and unusual buildings.  To find out more information and plan your own route, choose from a list of churches here: http://www.nhct.org.uk/index.php/bicycle_ride

Sketch of Daventry Holy Cross Church.
Daventry Holy Cross Church

An excellent example of Georgian architecture, Holy Cross church has recently been selected by ‘Northamptonshire Surprise’ as one of the best 100 churches in the County.  Holy Cross Church was erected in 1750’s to the design of Charles Hiorne of Warwick. It is in the Metropolitan style derived in part from James Gibb’s St Martins in the Fields, London but here transformed by the architect and his splendid use of local ironstone. It is a powerful design: its balanced classical façade topped by a massive tower, an octagon clock storey, and finished with an obelisk as a spire. The inside of the church has kept its Georgian qualities, with it’s three galleries and fitments.

Daventry Holy Cross Church – Photographic Exhibition

Saturday 8th September – 10.00 – 16.00

Church Walk, Daventry, NN11 4BL

The Holy Cross Church will be hosting a satellite exhibition by Daventry Museum of photographs of Daventry dating from the early 1900s.  The photographs show Daventry’s streets, coaching houses, trade and people.

Black and white photo from 1900s of Peacock Hotel, New Street.
Peacock Hotel, New Street

Daventry Library Tours

Black and white image of New Grammar School, Daventry.
Colour photo of local Daventry Library.

5 North Street, Daventry, NN11 4GJ

Saturday 8th September

Tour Times: 1000 – 1025, 1030 – 1055, 1100 – 1125, 1400 – 1425, 1430 – 1455, 1500 – 1525

Did you know that Daventry Library was formerly the site of Daventry Grammar School? The building was officially opened as Daventry Grammar School on 11th November 1938.

Daventry Library is running short tours of areas of the building not normally open to the public, which used to be the site of the old Grammar School classrooms.

Pre-booking is required – please email [email protected]

Daventry Town History Cycle Ride

Colour image of landmark in Daventry.

Meet: Lodge Road Car Park, Daventry, NN11 4FP 

Sunday 16th September at 10.00 (Tour lasts 2 hours).

A cycle ride around the outer reaches of the history of Daventry Town – Explore the local canals, railways, open field systems, the gallows and medieval fish ponds with tour guide Mike Arnold.

Booking is required for this cycle ride.  Please email [email protected] or call 01327 301246 to book your place.

The cycle ride is mostly on cycle paths or cycle lanes with a few sections on quiet roads.  The ride is not appropriate for under 5s cycling on own bicycle and children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Please remember to wear a cycling helmet.

Borough Hill Guided Walk

Colour image of local landscape on Borough Hill, Daventry.
View on Borough Hill

Meet: Borough Hill Car Park, Admirals Way, Daventry, NN11 4NB

Sunday 9th September at 16:00 (Walk lasts 2 hours)

Mike Arnold will be leading this walk and sharing his knowledge of the geology, nature and history of this beautiful location.

The walk looks at the history of the hill from its formation in the Jurrassic about 140 million years ago, through the geological period to the human occupation of the hill starting in the Neolithic period, then the Bronze and Iron Age occupation, including the role with the BBC, the town water supply and many other aspects of the hill through the ages.  There is also information on the flora and fauna as well as the extensive views from the hill.

The walk is 2 miles over grass tracks with some gravel tracks.  Some areas are inaccessible to wheelchairs or need the ability to walk over steep slopes and very uneven ground. These areas can however be by passed on the rough tracks.

Booking is preferred, please email [email protected] or call 01327 301246 to book your place.

Guided Town Walk 

Colour photo of Daventry Holy Cross Church.

Meet: Daventry Holy Cross Church, Church Walk, Daventry, NN11 4BL

Sunday 16th September at 16:00 (Walk lasts 1.5 hours)

A fascinating guided walk through the history of Daventry Town Centre from the Roman to the present day, led by Mike Arnold.

The walk explains the reason for the layout of the town and how it came into existence, as well as informing visitors about the history and previous usage of the town’s oldest buildings.

Booking is preferred, please email [email protected] or call 01327 301246 to book your place.

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