|Triple helping of heritage
||[Oct. 24th, 2015|10:19 pm]
We learned from the local paper that yesterday was the centenary of the opening of the Miners' Hall at Redhills, and that visitors were invited to come and look round (they were open again today, with music and the like, but we were busy today). It's a fine old building, and I've been inside in the past, to events and meetings held in various rooms, particularly the Council Chamber, which is very splendid:
But this was the first chance I've had to nose into offices and have a good look at all the maps and memorabilia and various - very various! - pieces of art hanging around the walls. There are more banners, old and new, and paintings, and [a picture which I have removed at the request of someone who hadn't realised he was included in it - with apologies].
All of which reminded me that although I've written about the first half of this year's Heritage Open Days, I've never found time to write about the second half. Briefly, then, and for the record:
- on a very rainy Saturday, we visited the Cathedral garden, a small space behind high gates in the Bailey, where they grow what they need for flower arrangements in the Cathedral:
K and B were visiting, and his picture is better than mine.
- On the Sunday we drove up Weardale to visit Bradley Hall:
If the published programme had been clearer, we would have joined the tour when it started instead of lingering over lunch at the farm shop, but we were not alone in this misreading, and Mrs Stephenson (who lives at the Hall) was very generous about taking late arrivals back to the beginning and starting again. We didn't go inside the house, but we did have a good look at the outside from the gardens.
- On our way home, we had a rendezvous with S. at St. Michael's, Esh Laude:
I've often walked past and been intrigued by the little square of buildings, so I was pleased to be able to visit, and to learn that St Michael's had been built as a Catholic church before the emancipation acts made this entirely legal, and therefore kept a low profile, deliberately resembling a secular building. This can't have fooled anyone, but seems to have worked nonetheless.
As if this weren't enough, we discovered we had walked into yet another batch of heritage open days when we reached Bordeaux. But that's another story.