Brighton & Hove Open Door 2021

Heritage Open Days (10-19 September 2021) is England’s largest grass roots heritage festival involving over 40,000 volunteers and 5,000 events. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Here at The Regency Town House we celebrate Heritage Open Days by encouraging people to open interesting buildings and deliver heritage events as a part of Brighton & Hove Open Door 2021.

To find out more visit the Heritage Open Days website: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/


LIST OF EVENTS

Walks and Tours

Edible England

Buildings

Bombs, Battlefields and Bravery Remembered

Opposite the War Memorial on the east side, Grand Avenue, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2NJ

A walking tour through Hove and finishing across the boundary into Brighton featuring the Brighton Blitz and its impact

Join Tania Noddings for a walking tour through Hove and finishing across the boundary into Brighton.

We hear both about the Brighton Blitz, inflicted by the Luftwaffe during WW2, and about the most audacious attack on British democracy since the gunpowder plot well over 300 years earlier; the Brighton Bombing.

We reflect on the enormous contribution made by local residents during various conflicts or struggles. We visit sites of remembrance and hear about exceptional personal endeavours; their contemporary importance and impact on our lives today.

The tour will start from Grand Avenue (east side), Hove, by the war memorial (BN3 2NJ). We will finish at The Grand Hotel, King's Road, Brighton. (BN1 2FW).

The tour lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes (approximately). The level of walking involved is moderate; the route is slightly undulating and covers approximately 2.8kms.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1030 - 1215

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bombs-battlefields-and-bravery-remembered-tickets-162808164603 Booking opens: 12 July 2021 09:00 Booking closes: 10 September 2021 15:30

Access Information

The level of walking involved is moderate; the route is slightly undulating and covers approximately 2.8kms

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Discover the Historical North Laine, Brighton’s industrial suburb

Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

North Laine was once Brighton’s industrial suburb with water, animals and wood being processed into beer, ginger beer and mineral water, meat and furniture.

The area was full of slaughter houses, malthouses, wood merchants, soap works, railway works with the workers living in small terraced houses cheek by jowl with this industry. The sights, smells and sounds of c19th industrial life was the backdrop for life in North Laine.
Much of North Laine’s Victorian townscape is still there to be seen although in the early 1970s a plan was produced which envisaged the end of North Laine as we know it. Instead of demolition, a new Council Planning Officer was appointed who had a different vision for the area and what remained of North Laine became a Conservation Area in 1977.
If you would like to know more about North Laine’s history and the buildings which reflect that history, why not join me on one of my guided walks around the area.

Event Times

  • Thursday 16 September: 1100-1245
  • Sunday 19 September: 1100-1245

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-the-historical-north-laine-brightons-industrial-suburb-tickets-163017165731 Booking opens: 12 July 2021 09:00 Booking closes: 15 September 2021 15:30

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English Puddings from the past

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Virtually visit the kitchen of a 1830s historic house in Hove. And discover the history of English puddings.

You’ll learn about the origins of the English pudding, from Roman beginnings, through the invention of the pudding cloth to the beloved Christmas puddings we eat today.

From Plum Duff, to Spotted Dick, from Vicarage pudding to Jam Roly Poly.
Taught interactively with many questions, fun facts I'll try and recreate the feeling of an old historic kitchen in your own home with modern technology.

There will be a practical demonstration of the pudding cloth and a chance to get all the recipes I talk about for free at the end of the session.

You'll be whisked off to 1830 and when you come back you’ll be able to impress your friends with your knowledge of English puddings.

The presentation is given by Paul Couchman, The Regency Cook.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1600-1650

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

https://bit.ly/EnglishPuddings

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Imperial Brighton Tour

Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

Discover some of the people and places in Brighton linked to the British Empire.

We will visit monuments and memorials of colonial wars and visit the grave of Dene Mahomet who opened the first curry house in Britain and introduced shampooing to London. We will consider the Indian origins of much of the Pavilion estate, and the impact of the slave trade on Brighton. The first cricketer of colour to play for England lived in Brighton and the most famous soldier of the Victorian era was entertained in the Pavilion in an extraordinary ceremony. All part of this tour which covers about two miles and begins with a walk up Church St to Dyke Rd.

Event Times

  • Friday 17 September: 1100-1300
  • Saturday 18 September: 1100-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imperial-brighton-tour-tickets-163023528763 Booking opens: 12 July 2021 09:00 Booking closes: 16 September 2021 15:30

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All Saints’ Church, Patcham

All Saints Church, Church Hill, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 8YE

We hope you enjoy visiting our recently restored 12th Century church with its stained-glass windows, fascinating Doom painting, medieval memorial and gravestones in beautiful Patcham Village

The present church has a history dating back to Saxon times, (possibly as early as the 700s). There are striking similarities with other Sussex Downland churches nearby, such as Pyecombe and Clayton, in terms of construction and overall design. It is built in flint which was widely used for building construction in Sussex in the middle ages, with sections of the present building dating from as early as the 12th century. All Saints was listed as Grade 2* in 1952 and is the Parish Church of Patcham. In the nave of the church and positioned over the chancel arch is a rare 13th century Last Judgement or Doom Painting, whitewashed over at the time of the purges of the Reformation then rediscovered during renovations in 1880-1883.

 

Refreshments will be available.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 1100-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

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Brighton’s Western Road - More than Shopping

Meet at St Nicholas Church doorway, Church Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

A meander through the city’s main shopping area…looking at more than shops.

More than shopping - Brighton's Western Road. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1000-1200

No booking required

Access Information

Parking very limited in area. Buses to Churchill Sq/Arcade

Directions

St Nicholas Church doorway

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Clifton Hill and Montpelier:  Victorian suburban gem

Meet: St Nicholas Church doorway, Church Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

Clifton Hill and Montpelier. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Clifton & Montpelier are quiet Victorian suburban areas with fascinating social, historical and geographical aspects which we take in for our afternoon amble

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1300-1445

No booking required

Directions

Parking very limited in area. Buses to Churchill Sq/Arcade

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London Rd: suburbia…but not as we know it!

St. Peters Church (Church hall door, York Place), York Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4GU

A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead exploring the history, present and future of the London Road area.

Learn what London Road used to be like and see where it's going.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1300-1445

No booking required

Directions

Meet at St. Peters church hall door, York Place

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Railway Land: then and now

St. Peters Church (Church hall door, York Place), York Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4GU

Brighton's railway heritage

Join Dr Geoffrey Mead to discover the history of Brighton's railway land

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1500-1700

No booking required

Directions

Meet at St. Peters church hall door, York Place.

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Valley Gardens - Two Sides to Every Valley

St. Peters Church, York Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4GU

The Valley Gardens conservation area and its past and future

Two sides to every valley - a walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead exploring the Valley Gardens area of central Brighton.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1000-1200

No booking required

Access Information

This walk will involve some steep Brighton hills and some tiny alleys but will reveal some hidden gems.

Directions

Meet at St Peter's church hall doorway in York Place

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West Hill – Hidden in Plain Sight

Meet at St. Nicholas Church doorway, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ

A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead. A stroll through the Clifton Hill-Montpelier area, Brighton's quality Victorian suburb

Near the Seven Dials is Brighton’s secret gem - West Hill. Join local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead for a stroll through narrow twittens and grand buildings, great views and hidden gardens. West Hill is a quiet suburban area which grew rapidly in the 19th century; we look at this hidden gem of the city landscape

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1500-1700

No booking required

Directions

St Nicholas Church doorway

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Sex and Shopping! A Guided Walk of Gardner Street

Meet: junction of Gardener St and Church St outside Gelato Gusto ice cream parlour, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1UP

Sex and shopping!

Join us for a guided tour of Gardner Street and neighbouring Orange Row (all that remains of the once infamous Pimlico district of Brighton). The walk will last a maximum of one hour and will aim to highlight 200 years of the streets' somewhat chequered history.

Meet outside Gelato Gusto at the junction of Gardner Street and Church Street five minutes before the start of the walk

Event Times

  • Sunday 12 September: 1030-1130
  • Monday 13 September: 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sex-and-shopping-a-guided-walk-of-gardner-street-and-orange-row-tickets-164474007183

Booking closes: 11 September 2021 15:30

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Walk takes an hour.

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Not Just the Trunk Murders! An illustrated Walk in Kemp Street

Meet south end of Kemp Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

More than murder!

Kemp Street has long had a notorious place in Brighton's history with the infamous Trunk Murders of 1934. Find out about this and more fascinating stories in this street's past, including the story of the last large-scale smallpox outbreak in England.

Meet at the south end of Kemp Street from 10:15, the tour starts at 10:30, maximum 12 people.

Event Times

  • Tuesday 14 September: 1030-1130

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-just-the-trunk-murders-an-illustrated-walk-in-kemp-street-tickets-164472522743

Booking closes: 13 September 2021 15:30

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Walk takes 1 hour.

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Prayers, Pints & Pylons - The Architectural Legacy of John Leopold Denman

Barclays Bank plc, 139-142 North Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 1RU

Ever noticed the two pylons erected at the borough boundaries to welcome visitors to Brighton?

These monuments were erected in 1928 on the A23 and are familiar to anyone who has ever driven on the London -Brighton road , but who was the architect ? Well , he was John Leopold Denman (1882-1975). If you would like to find out more about this extraordinarily prolific man and the contribution he made to the appearance of our city, join Gilly and Derek for a walking tour of some of his buildings.
 

John Leopold Denman deserves to be better known. Not only has he left us a wonderful legacy , but all of us interested in architecture and townscape owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his efforts to save the regency heritage of Brighton at a time after 1945 when it was under threat of demolition.
 

The range of his work is impressive: this is a man who was architect for the Kemp Town Brewery at the same time as being employed by the diocese of Chichester. In addition to pubs and sensitively restored churches, there are houses, flats, banks, commercial buildings and the wonderfully exotic mosaic facade of the Freemasons pub in Western Road.

Come and join us and discover more about a great Brightonian.

Event Times

  • Sunday 12 September: 1030-1130

Booking Details

No booking required

Directions

Meet outside Barclays Bank, North Street, Brighton, BN1 1RU

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An Introduction to Historic Building Analysis

13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

A presentation about some of the processes involved in historic building analysis

Join us for a 50-60 minute presentation about some of the processes involved in historic building analysis - and the occasionally unexpected outcomes that that result from such work.

In the event of Covid rules changing, this will be delivered by Zoom. Please check back before the event.

Opening Times
• Friday 10 September: 1500-1600

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1500-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-introduction-to-historic-building-analysis-tickets-164987966449

Booking closes: 9 September 2021 15:30

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Plaster Ornament in Period Houses

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join us for a short presentation about how the ornamental plaster decorations in Regency and Victorian houses were made and fitted.

Wear old clothes if you wish to participate in working with the plaster demonstrations. Duration approximately 45 minutes.

In the event of Covid rules changing, this will be delivered by Zoom. Please check back before the event.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1100-1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plaster-ornament-in-period-houses-tickets-164986572279

Booking closes: 9 September 2021 15:30

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The Brunswick Town Walk

START: Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Discover the history and architecture of Brunswick Town

Join us for a gentle 90-minute guided walk around historic Brunswick Town, designed as a Regency new town in the 1820s by the architect Charles Augustin Busby.

In the event of Covid rules changing, this will be delivered by Zoom. Please check back before the event.

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1130-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brunswick-town-walk-tickets-164984861161

Booking closes: 9 September 2021 15:30

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The Regency Town House Tour

13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Join us for an online tour around one of the city's finest 1820s terraced town houses, currently being restored.

Join the curator for an online tour around one of the city's finest 1820s terraced town houses, currently being restored as a heritage centre for Brighton & Hove.

In the event of Covid rules changing, this event will be delivered by Zoom. Please check back before the event.

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 0930-1100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-regency-town-house-tour-tickets-164981442937

Booking closes: 9 September 2021 15:30

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The Grand Cemetery Tour

Meet in the Woodvale Crematorium car park on Bear Road, Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 3QB

Much more than gravestones

A walk through this Victorian necropolis and its beautiful grounds, full of trees and winding pathways. We view the many monuments, mausoleums, pillars, columns, obelisks, angels, urns, sarcophagi and sculpted symbolism depicting art and nature, reflecting the social history of past eras, from Victorian gothic to Art Nouveau, Twenties and on. This year we also take a look at the grave in a glade of Thomas Highflyer, the rescued 12 year old slave boy.

Tour lasts approximately 1hr 30m, keeping mostly to the tarmac paths. It is fairly steep. There is one public toilet near the beginning of the tour by the North and South Chapels.

Tour guide Sarah Tobias is lecturer in social, cultural and local history.

Event Times

  • Saturday 18 September: 1100-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-grand-cemetery-tour-tickets-165424917381

Booking closes: 17 September 2021 15:30

Access Information

Tour lasts approximately 1hr 30m, keeping mostly to the tarmac paths. It is fairly steep. There is one public toilet near beginning of tour by the North and South Chapels.

Directions

Meet 11am Woodvale Extra-Mural Cemetery, Bear Road Entrance (not Lewes Road), car park (free) - situated on right after you turn in large black gates. Buses stop fairly near at top of Elm Grove by Brighton General, then walk along Tenantry Down Road and left into Bear Road.

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The Golden Hours

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Join sound artist Anna Celeste Edmonds for a mobile immersive soundwalk experience at dawn and dusk in Brunswick Square

For the final weekend of The Regency Town House, Heritage Open Days events, sift through time as you listen to compositions of music, voice, and sound effects inspired by local Brunswick Town history. This GPS-locative soundscape will be experienced on your own personal mobile device, as you explore the remarkable Regency landscape of the square, during these precious golden hours of the day.

Event will be from 17th - 19th September inclusive, twice a day at 6.30am and 6.30pm, duration max 1 hour.

Meeting point - outside The Regency Town House.

Maximum 10 per session.

Attendees agree to provide RTH with their email address, so that they can be send information about downloading the walk from the free ‘Echoes ‘application in advance of their booked session. The artist leading the sessions will provide headphones to attendees.

Event Times

  • Friday 17 September: 0630 and 1830
  • Saturday 18 September: 0630 and 1830
  • Sunday 19 September: 0630 and 1830

Booking Details

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-golden-hours-tickets-166311996659

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Aubrey Beardsley’s Brighton tour

Brighton Station, Queens Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 3XP

Alexia Lazou, Mistress of Line, will lead you on a gentle 90 minute stroll through Brighton, exploring the buildings and places associated with the early life of artist Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898).

Aubrey Beardsley was known as the Master of Line and was famous for his innovative black and white illustrations. The tour will conclude with an optional visit to The Yellow Book café/bar, York Place, opposite St. Peter's church.

http://yellowbookbrighton.com/

Tours will be limited to ten walkers only. If you have booked a place which you no longer need or want, please contact Alexia as soon as possible so that the ticket may be re-allocated. Please do not attend if you have any of the main Covid symptoms. Any returned tickets will be made available via this site so please do check again if you are keen to attend.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: 1400-1530
  • Tuesday 14 September: 1100-1230
  • Wednesday 15 September: 1100-1230
  • Saturday 18 September: 1400-1530
  • Sunday 19 September: 1400-1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aubrey-beardsleys-brighton-tickets-166460117693

Booking closes: One hour before the start time

Additional information

Max 10 people per tour/session.

Directions

Meet outside W H Smith's bookshop, Brighton Station, Queens Road, Brighton.

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Nice Girls Didn’t go to the Academy! Cinema Themed Guided Tour

STARTS - Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus , Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4NA

Join Alexia Lazou, The Usherette, as she leads you through the town centre, stopping at various former and current cinema sites, evoking the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

The tour begins at the Duke of York's Picturehouse and ends at The Melrose Restaurant at approximately 7.30pm. The Melrose was formerly the Pandora Gallery, where the first films to be shown outside London were screened in 1896.

Supper at The Melrose is optional - please book a table via the restaurant http://www.melroserestaurant.co.uk

Tours will be limited to fifteen walkers only. If you have booked a place which you no longer need or want, please contact Alexia as soon as possible so that the ticket may be re-allocated. Please do not attend if you have any of the main Covid symptoms. Any returned tickets will be made available via this site so please do check again if you are keen to attend.

Event Times

  • Friday 10 September: 1800-1930
  • Friday 17 September: 1800-1930

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nice-girls-didnt-go-to-the-academy-cinemas-of-brighton-tour-tickets-166460978267

Booking closes: One hour before the start time

Access Information

This tour is mostly on flat pavements, just one gentle hill being negotiated.

Additional information

Max 15 people per tour/session. 90 minutes Supper at The Melrose is optional - please book a table via the restaurant http://www.melroserestaurant.co.uk

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St Ann’s Well Gardens Historical Walk by Park Ranger

Meet by the Well, St Ann's Well Gardens, Somerhill Road, Hove, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

St Ann's Well Garden Heritage Trail provides a series of photographs illustrating the fascinating history of the park.  Each picture is located near the position of the original perspective it depicts. If St Ann's is of interest to you, don't miss this walk (just over one hour) around the Gardens Trail by Park Ranger Neil Doyle, a real tour back in time providing information about royalty, fortune tellers, mad adventurers, inventors, hermits, mythical heroes, villains, monkeys and much, much more.

Event Times

Sunday 19 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details: No booking required

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A partial history of Round Hill

Meet at the gyratory end of Roundhill Crescent

Round Hill Conservation Area, Brighton & Hove,

A self-guided walk past several exhibition panels of local history created by residents is available throughout the HOD period. PLUS - There will also be a guided tour on each of the four weekend mornings (booking essential).

Food and Water, Fuel and Waste – Round Hill has had it all!

In the early days of Brighton, Round Hill was a wheat field outside the town, as building moved into the countryside the wheat field went, but market gardens and glasshouses appeared with the new housing. We also gained a windmill at the top of Round Hill. Laundries both large and small sprang up on the hill, but there was a conflict with both domestic coal burning and the nearby ‘dust destructor’ (an early incinerator). Housing brought corner shops, often meeting the needs of relatively poor households. There was an early water pumping station nearby, and a small gasworks, and later the town’s abattoir. Today we retain a waste connection with both the refuse transfer station and the recycling sorting plant adjacent.

Event Times

  • Saturday 11 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Sunday 12 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Saturday 18 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Sunday 19 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

The self guided tour is available anytime but the walking tour must be booked by email.

Booking Contact: Rob Stephenson

Email: rob.stephenson51@gmail.com

Access

The self-guided walking tour is available anytime but is more likely to be staffed at weekends. The location is entirely on the streets of Round Hill, but it is on a hill, and part of the guided tour is down a flight of 120 steps.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. There will be a small group size for the guided tours but should Covid increase again the maximum number will be cut and, if necessary, bookers being contacted to cancel their bookings.

Additional Information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Contact for the day: Robert Stephenson 07812 601682

Directions

The events take place in the Round Hill Conservation Area, there will be a map showing the location of the fixed exhibitions for the self-guided tour on the Round Hill website.

Organised by

The Round Hill Society and local residents

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