Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015 12:01 am by M. in ,    No comments
September 10th-13th are the annual Heritage Open Days:
Saturday 12 September: 1000-1500
Raikes Road Burial Ground
Raikes Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23

Explore a previously neglected and forgotten Victorian cemetery in the heart of Skipton. Research and work has revealed what may be the only subterranean mortuary left in the country. Wildlife survey has found water shrews, rare in this part of the world. Residents include Rudyard Kipling's grandparents as well as families with connections to Beatrix Potter and Charlotte Brontë. Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.

Sunday 13 September: 1300-1500
Gomersal Moravian Church
Gomersal Moravian Church, Quarry Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, BD19 4JB

The church is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1751. In the 1860s a second storey and gallery were added. The building was extensively repaired between 2005 and 2009 with help from an English Heritage grant. There will be a display about Jan Hus, a Bohemian reformer who died exactly 600 years ago and some of whose followers founded the Moravian Church in 1457. The church will be hosting part of the 'Gomersal and the Great War' display, with details of the men from Gomersal who died in the First World War, and extracts from the ministers' diary from this period describing how church life was affected. There will also be a display about the history of Gomersal Moravian Church and the links between the church and the Taylor family of Red House with their Brontë connections. There will be refreshments for sale and activities for children.

Sunday 13 September: 1200-1700

The Clergy Daughters School, Cowan Bridge

2 Bronte Cottages, Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire, LA6 2HS

Discover the very place that inspired Charlotte Brontë's "Lowood" in Jane Eyre. Visit the Clergy Daughters School, Cowan Bridge, established in 1824 by Reverend W.Carus Wilson and attended by Charlotte and Emily Brontë.

The whole of No.2 Brontë Cottages (Brontë School House) will be open to the public, wheelchair access however is only possible to the ground floor. There are toilet facilities on the ground floor (though not disabled) of the house. Parking is available in the village hall (Fraser Hall) car park situated behind Cowan Bridge Stores.

Sunday 13 September: 1400-1700

The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9JB
A few highlights of this grade 1 listed building in the heart of Guiseley:
Beautiful arcade of round Norman arches dating from around 1100AD.
Early English transept dated around 1200.
13th century north chancel aisle.
Ancient bell-tower.
Church registers show the wedding of Patrick and Maria Brontë, the parents of the literary dynasty, on 29 December, 1812.
About St Oswald's Church, Ilkley Gazette adds:
The Brontës, bell-ringing and vintage afternoon tea will be some of the themes of an open day at a Guiseley church.
St Oswald's will be opening its doors as part of the largest heritage festival in the country. Admission to the event is free and there will be exhibitions and children’s activities.
The parents of the famous Brontë sisters of Howarth (sic) were married at the church, and a copy of the marriage register will be on display.
Patrick Brontë had been at Cambridge with John Fennell, who became the first minister of the school for the sons of Wesleyan ministers at Woodhouse Grove. Patrick visited the school as an examiner where he met Fennell's niece, Maria Branwell.
The entry in St Oswald's register reads: "29 December 1812. The Revd Patrick Bronte of the Parish of Birstall and Minister of Hartshead-cum-Clifton and Maria Branwell of this parish, Spinster, by William Morgan, Offcg. Minister." (Annette McIntyre)

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