As part of Heritage Open Days you’ll be able to transport yourself from the medieval period to the Victorian all in one day. Fen Edge treasures St Peter’s Church in Horningsea, the Landbeach Tithe Barn, All Saints’ Church in Landbeach and St Mary the Virgin Church in Fen Ditton are all opening their doors for free for you to enjoy on Saturday 9th September.
Funded by sales of coprolite, St Peter’s Church was heavily made over by ‘trendy’ Victorian architect Thomas Jekyll, a friend of Whistler and Pugin. See his work, an exhibition of his drawings and listen to talks. You’re invited to bring your own Victoriana and to dress up, or even try bellringing.
Then take the opportunity to see the unique timber frame Landbeach Tithe Barn for yourself. Tithe Barns are rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn may well date to the medieval period. Listen to introductory talks and find out more about how the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, aims to save and sympathetically restore the Tithe Barn for you to enjoy. Make your own Corn Dolly or try your hand at traditional games.
Complete your free day out by visiting the nearby All Saints’ Church which has medieval origins. Have a go at bellringing, a traditional community activity dating back hundreds of years and gaining in popularity. Or visit St Mary the Virgin Church, watch a demonstration of bellringing, and then take a riverside walk along the Cam.
Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”
Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk .
Landbeach Tithe Barn open 12-4pm on Saturday 9th September for FREE.