Heritage Open Days 2018

For Stock events the organisers suggest using the old A130 or South Hanningfield or West Hanningfield /Baddow Road entrances due to road works

Heritage Open Days take place again in Chelmsford this September, bigger and better than ever.

This year, for the first time the festival will take place across two weekends in September – the 6th-11th and the 13-16th.

Hosted over ten days including both old favourites like Hylands House and Marriages Flour Mill alongside some new, never-opened-before venues.

All events are free but most of the talks and tours are bookable.

The Chelmsford Heritage Open Days events are co-ordinated by the Chelmsford Civic Society and sponsored by Chelmsford City Council and the National Trust.

Marconi History Walk - finishing inside the 1912 building

Friday 7th September: Starting 10:00

Details: This walk, starting at the world’s first wireless factory, where the radio equipment for Titanic was made, will take us on a trip back into the past to a time when Marconi was one of the biggest employers in Chelmsford.

The tour will last around 90 minutes and finish by special arrangement inside the second Marconi factory in New Street.

Booking: via Eventbrite limited to 25 places.

Location: The Marconi Wireless Factory , Hall Street, off Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0HG.

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Writtle University College

Thursday 6th September: 16:00 - 18:00

King Johns Hunting Lodge - an afternoon lecture at Writtle University College.

Details: An informative tour and talk relating to the history behind the King John’s Hunting Lodge and surrounding area.

Built around 1211 in the parish of Writtle it comprised of a series of structures enclosed by a moat. The term ‘hunting lodge’ was frequently used to describe early medieval royal residences.

Visitors will be given a tour of the site of the Hunting Lodge, return to the Northumberland building for light refreshments and then a talk in the lecture theatre.

Booking: via Eventbrite Limited to 80 places.

Location: Northumberland building on the Lordship Campus, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RP.

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Staplegrove a secret 19th Century Mansion now the Chelmsford Club

Thursday 13th September: Guided tours at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00

Details: Staplegrove was built as a 9-bedroom mansion with servant’s quarters, a coach house and stables, in its own estate in the centre of Chelmsford… bought in secret!! How? By whom? And more importantly why??

Role the clock back to Victorian England. Chelmsford had been controlled by the Mildmay family for 300 years after they had been granted ownership by Queen Elizabeth 1st.

In the 1830s a large piece of the Mildmay estate was released for sale and bought, in secret, by a company of 5 prominent Chelmsford business men. Why in secret?

Your visit will include a tour of the building and grounds, and the secret revealed.

Booking: via Eventbrite limited to 15 places on each of the five tours.

Visitors for the tour will be met at the front door. Parking is available in nearby George Street car park.

Location: 108 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0RG.

There is a large sign saying The Chelmsford Club by the entrance, at the corner of New Writtle Street and New London Road.

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Essex County Council: Tour of the Historical Council Chamber and Foyer

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th Guided Tours at 10:00 & 14:00.

Details: A rare opportunity to visit and explore the historic Essex County Council Chamber and Foyer. Tours must be pre-booked and are limited to a maximum of 12 places per session. Visitors must be over 12 years of age. You will be fully escorted and there will be a short talk about the history of Essex art work on display in the Council Chamber and foyer.

Booking: via Eventbrite limited to 12 places on each of the four tours.

Location address: Entry to the event is via the Duke Street entrance to County Hall. This is located opposite Abbotts Estate Agents.

Post Code: Duke Street entrance, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1QH.

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Anglia Ruskin University

Friday 14th September: 11:00.

A tour of the campus, mock medical wards and new facilities.

Numerous new faculty buildings were built on the Chelmsford Rivermead Campus between 2003 and 2009, including the Civic Trust Award-winning Michael Ashcroft Building, designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects. These architects also master-planned the extensive works on the site, which curves gracefully along the River Chelmer and comprises of several buildings designed to actively encourage high environmental performance.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 30 places on one tour. Meeting point: Lord Ashcroft Building reception area.

Location address: Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ.

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Marriage’s Flour Mill Tour

Saturday 8th September: Tours 10:00 & 13:00 (max 12 people per tour).

Saturday 15th September: Tours 10:00 & 13:00 (max 12 people per tour).

Details: A guided tour by one of our flour millers around our modern flour mill within our Victorian Mill building. We have been producing flour at Chelmer Mills since 1899. Whilst our technology has improved the principles and the main building remain the same to this day. Access will be by guided tours only with an age restriction of 16+.

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Location: Best access via Hoffman’s Way next to the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1PN.

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Women’s Suffrage Movements and the Great War - a lecture by Dr Numan at Anglia Ruskin University (Lord Ashcroft Building)

Friday 7th September: Bookable Talk 19:30 - 21:00.

Details: A special lecture by Dr Viv Newman at the Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Numan tells the true story of the ladies working in WWI field hospital organised and run by the suffrage movement. With the advancing Bulgarian and German armies closing in on them, the women had refused to leave their posts despite bombs and shells falling, quite literally, in their midst.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 60 people.

Location: The Lord Ashcroft Building is close to the junction of Rectory Lane and New Street. Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1PN.

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Guided walk along the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal

Saturday 8th September: 11:00 - 15:00.

Thursday 13th September: 11:00 - 15:00.

Saturday 15th September: 11:00 - 15:00.

Details: A guided tour to discover how Chelmsford became industrialised and enjoy the beautiful water meadows.

An easy walk from Sandon Park & Ride site via Sandon Lock to the City Centre looking at the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, the basin which enabled cheap coal and wood to be delivered to the country’s first gas works. Walk or bus back.

Enjoy the dramatic contrast between the busy A12 and surrounding roads and the peace and solitude of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation – a canalised river. A gentle walk to the canal at Sandon Lock, 'upstream' to Chelmsford City Centre via Barnes Lock and the water meadows. Look at the basin at the head of the canal, the gas works which bought early industrialisation to Chelmsford and the significant development in the former gas works area. There will be an opportunity for refreshment in the City Centre (and maybe a quick bit of shopping if you must!) after which we can either return on the Park & Ride bus (a nice experience in itself) or walk back. Steady pace.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 25 people on each tour.

Location: The Sandon Park & Ride is located beside junction 18 of the A12. The meeting point will be by the Park & Ride bus stop.

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Grace Chappelow & Anne Knight, two extraordinary local Chelmsford women

Friday 14th September: 19:30 - 20:30. The talk will start at 1930 and will last for 45 minutes. There will then be time for questions afterwards.

Details: Grace Scott from Chelmsford Museum tells the stories of two local women who played key roles in the early days of women's rights. Grace Chappelow was from Hatfield Peverel and was known to be an active suffragette. Because of her mischievous actions, including smashing windows at the Mansion House in London, she spent time behind bars.

Anne Knight was a Chelmsford Quaker and devoted her life to two worthy causes anti slavery and women's rights. This talk will take place in sight of the old Quaker building that has been named in her honour and now displays a Blue Plaque.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 40 people.

Location: The Transition, The Anne Knight Buildings, Fenton Court City Park West, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW.

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Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve - historical walking tours

Saturday 15th September: Two tours starting at 14:00.

Details: A chance to view the site and hear about its uses in the past and how it is being used today.

From the early history of the site before 1700, through to Industrialisation, WW2 and the establishment of the Nature Reserve in 2007 the talks will reveal the many and varied uses of the site over time. Two tours will start at opposite ends of the site and run simultaneously. Tour 1 will start at the Pond gates (near the end of Parkinson Drive/end of the Cromar Way footpath), Tour 2 will start at the bottom of the Nature Reserve (end of the footpath in Meteor Way or through the last arch of the viaduct). Both tours will start at 2pm.

Tours will last approx. 45 minutes, and include times for questions. There will be Refreshments (cold drinks and biscuits) at the end of the tour, donations are welcome.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 20 people on each tour.

Location: Close to the viaduct, at the end of Meteor Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2RL.

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Salvation Army Citadel Building- open day with tours

Thursday 6th September:

Details: Guided tours of this striking Salvation Army building including a commentary about its activities and the associated groups. An opportunity to see this church with its community facilities and a chance to learn about the organisation's history. This RIBA multiple award winning building by Hudson Architects’ is the first Citadel Corps building designed in a contemporary idiom using modern methods of construction. It breaks the mould of the traditional brick citadel, not only in its materiality but also in its plan.

Constructed entirely of timber and cloaked in an undulating zinc roof, the £2 million building provides 900 sq m accommodation for the Chelmsford mission on the site of the premises it has occupied since 1974.

Open 10:00 - 14:00.

Bookable tours via Eventbrite 11:00 & 13:00. limited to 25 people on each tour.

Location: 70 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0DL.

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Sandford Mill Industrial Museum

Sunday 9th September: Site Open 10:00 - 15:00. Various bookable tours.

Details: Sandford Mill is the former Borough of Chelmsford waterworks and is now an Industrial Museum in a magical rural setting minutes away from the busy city centre.

Originally a medieval water mill, on a river spur off the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, the site was converted to a water works in the 1920s and developed further in 1950 with the addition of a chemical filter house.

It was returned to the then Borough Council in the 1980s and is now used by Chelmsford Museum as as store and education centre for its industrial collections with strengths in Marconi, Crompton & Hoffmann.

The museum has items such as the Marconi Hut the first broadcasting station 'Two Emma Toc', Marconi marine equipment including radio equipment made in Chelmsford that would have been used on the Titanic, working Marconi TV cameras and a number of interactive displays. The site is very rarely open to the public.

Tim Wander, author of a number of books on Marconi in Chelmsford will give guided tours of the museum displays. There will also be special guide tours of the area around the old waterworks which is now a nature reserve.

Bookable tours via Eventbrite: Tours of the Museum 10:30, 12noon & 14:00. Tours of the Nature Reserve 10:45, 12:30 & 14:00.

The tours around the Museum have a maximum of 25 people, where as the Nature Reserve tours have a maximum of 15 people.

Location: Sandford Mill Museum, Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NY.

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Greenwoods Hotel, Stock. A local history talk

Thursday 13th September: 10:00 - 11:00

Details: A special history lecture performed in this 17th century Manor house by local historian Peter Brierley featuring the history of the village of Stock and Buttsbury. The manor house is A listed building with architectural features including wood panelled rooms. The grounds have a walled garden and a vintage gate. One of the previous guests to the hotel has been the Queen Mother. The property was last privately owned by Sir Richard Adam Ellis who was the first person in the village of Stock to own a car, he was also the president of Stock Cricket Club and many of the local buildings have references to Sir Richard and his family. In fact the hotel restaurant is named after the Ellis family.

The one hour lecture will precede a walking tour of the village, places on which should be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Booking via Eventbrite limited to 40 people at the talk.

Location: Located on the north side of the village of Stock near to Crondon Park golf course on the B1007 with easy access from junction 16 of the A12.

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History Tour of Stock Village

Thursday 13th September: 11:15 - 12:15

Details: A rare opportunity to learn more about this beautiful quaint Essex village which was once a divided community known as Stock and Buttsbury. This walk, lead by a local historian, will start at the Greenwoods Hotel and finish at the All Saints Church taking in a number of stops outside many of the old buildings. On the way there there will be the chance to visit the local Heritage Centre and see the exhibition on both local and national suffragettes who had connections with the village. The walk commentary will also include a number of the strange stories associated with the old Inns of Stock and Buttsbury.

Booking: Limited to 25 places.

Location: Stock Village. Starting point Greenwoods Hotel CM4 9BE and finishing one hour later at All Saints Church.

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Guided tour of All Saints Church, Stock

Thursday 13th September: 12:15 - 13:00.

Details: A special tour of the church conducted by the Verger. The church is dedicated in honour of all the saints and has a shingled 15th century spire with an unusual weather vane in the form of a dragon.

Inside beyond the medieval porch there are a number of unique features such as;

  • An early 15th century font.
  • Rood figures carved in lime wood by Gwyneth Holt of our Lord, His Mother and St John.
  • A clock with no face from around 1725 which is now wound electrically.
  • An Austrian statue of the Madonna and Child presented by the Mother's Union in 1950.
  • A 14th century North aisle with a fine king post roof.

Outside stands the Garden of Remembrance, built in 1953 on the spot where a land-mine fell in 1940 - destroying all the windows and severely damaging the church building itself.

Information on all these features and more will be revealed during this 30 minute tour.

Booking: Not required.

Location: All Saints' Church, Stock Road, Stock, Chelmsford, Essex, CM4 9BN.

Stock Tower Windmill (Local registration not on national website)

Sunday 9th September: 14:00 - 17:00.

Details: Stock Windmill is a Grade II*-listed tower mill, built around 1804. Built in the heyday of wheat farming and high corn prices, there were once three mills on this site, run by the village baker. Popular and complete with several floors of machinery, guides explain how grain was converted into flour. The mill has four patent sails, a boat-shaped cap, a six-bladed fantail and three pairs of overdrift (operated from above) millstones. It is in working order and is worked occasionally, turning 360 degrees to catch changing winds. You can visit all five floors, and there is room for picnics on the mill’s grounds.

Booking: Not required.

Location: Mill Lane, Stock CM4 9NE.

Essex Police Museum - Backstage Tour

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 - 16:00, tours at 11:00 and 14:00

Saturday 15th September: 10:00 - 16:00, tours at 11:00 and 14:00

Details: Ever wondered what goes on at Police Headquarters or what happens backstage at a museum? Join our curator for a tour of Essex Police HQ and our museum stores.

Starting at our meeting point, our curator will take you on a brief tour of Essex Police Headquarters, explaining how the site has evolved from its original design in 1903. We’ll then move on to the museum store, which houses around 90% of our collection. Our curator will explain how our collection has developed and how we acquire new items. You’ll see specially selected items usually off-limits to the public and learn how we preserve them. You’ll also hear how we use the collection today, from engaging with the local community to helping officers with cold case reviews and a vast array of research! We’ll then make our way to the museum, where you’ll get the chance to have a look around, try on real police uniform and take your fingerprints! There’ll also be an opportunity to ask us questions, either about the tour or more generally about policing in Essex. You’ll also be able to register any research or family history requests with us. If you’d like us to find a Record of Service for family members or ancestors please bring as much information as you can (e.g. name, area, DOB, approximate decade for their start and/or end date). We aim to respond to enquiries within 2 weeks.

Booking Email: hannah.wilson@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Location: Essex Police Museum, Essex Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN (Kingston Crescent).

Chelmsford Museum

Friday 14th September: 10:00 - 17:00, tours at 12:00 and 15:00.

Saturday 15th September: 10:00 - 17:00.

Details: Visit the Chelmsford Museum, currently undergoing a redevelopment with £1.44 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out about our history and future vision, learn about the upcoming changes and how you can get involved. Sneak a peek behind the scenes and maybe catch some of our staff preparing for the reopening next year.

There will be tours led by Nick Wickenden, HLF Project Co-ordinator and Advisor on Curation, who will provide an opportunity to hear about the Museum’s history and future vision, learn about the upcoming changes and how you can get involved. Sneak a peek behind the scenes and get an exclusive update on what the Museum will look like in 2019, including a new room-by-room history of Chelmsford with state-of-the-art interactive displays and objects on display and a café where visitors to the museum and the park will be able to relax and enjoy the views. On Saturday 15th Chelmsford Creatives, a group for 15-24 year olds, are taking over the museum. They will be running tours, crafts, and launching their ‘Teen Trails’. Check our website www.chelmford.gov.uk/museumevents for further info.

Booking: Call the museum on 01245 605700 to book a place on one of the tours.

Location: Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ.

Chelmsford Jamia Mosque

Saturday 15th September: 10:00 -17:00.

Details: The Chelmsford Mosque is the first Jamia Masjid in the city. Visitors can come to the mosque, have a quick tour of the prayer area and ask any questions about Islam. This mosque is the central point of contact for the Muslim Community in the Chelmsford and Mid Essex area. We may have a general public open day on the same date. In this case there will be number of displays, Islamic artefacts, videos and some refreshments available.

Booking: Not Required.

Location: 13A Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0HU.

Behind the scenes Tours of the Civic Theatres

Saturday 8th September: Tours 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30 & 15:30.

Details: Visit backstage at the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio. Hear about our history and future vision; learn how you can get involved. Sneak a peek behind the scenes, see what goes into a production, talk to our incredible theatre team and who knows, maybe catch some of our performers in residence.

Learn about the venue’s rich history and how we’re planning to celebrate our City’s incredible industrial heritage. Sneak an exclusive peek behind the scenes and witness firsthand what goes into a production.

Booking: Call Theatre Box Office on 01245 606505 to book a place on one of the tours.

Location: Civic Theatre, Fairfield Rd, Chelmsford Post Code: CM1 1JG.

Chelmsford (Non-Conformist) Cemetery

Sunday 9th September: tours 10:00 - 16:00.

Details: So what's different about this cemetery? Could it be that it holds the grave of an escaped slave or the body of a man inside three coffins, perhaps it's the grave of Doctor Who's grandfather that is unusual. No it's the quirky little stories about some of the graves that make it a fascinating and unusual place. Well researched and humorous guides will relate the odd stories about the most fascinating residents. Booking: Not Required.

Location: New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AE.

St Mary & St Edward’s Parish Church West Hanningfield - Historical Open Day

Sunday 16th September: 09:30 - 10:30 service, 10:30 - 15:00 church open for activities, Talk at 11.15am.

Details: A rare opportunity to see inside our mediaeval cruciform timber-framed tower and 800 year old church.


  • The carved face.
  • How Historic England dated the belfry to 1383 using dendrochronology, making it of National importance.
  • Our plans to restore ‘full circle’ ringing to our four Miles Graye bells (1676).

Activities include:-

  • A ground floor tour of our belfry to view rare mediaeval carpentry.
  • See/find the carved face.
  • Children’s Trail and simple brass rubbing.
  • See our recently discovered mediaeval wall painting.
  • Brief talk on how local and national historical events shaped our village church 11.15am.

See illustrated exhibition on:-

  • How our belfry was dendro-dated by Historic England in 2016 (making it their third oldest dated in Essex).
  • Our restoration plans for our four 1676 Miles Graye bells for ‘full circle’ ringing.
  • Key features of our church and its artefacts.
  • Find your West Hanningfield roots/ancestors.
  • Information on our resident bats species.
  • You are warmly invited to join our Sunday Eucharist Service at 9.30am.
  • Light refreshments will be available after 10.30 am and throughout the day (small charge).

Booking: Not Required.

Location: St Mary & St Edward’s parish church West Hanningfield, Church Road, West Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8UL.

Galleywood Heritage Centre - Open Day & Book Festival, featuring local authors

Saturday 8th September: Open 10:00 - 15:30.

The Talks timetable (subject to revision in the case of unforeseen circumstances) is :-

  • 10.30 am to 11am - Tony Cruse -‘Barking Books’
  • 11.15 to 11.45 am - Peter Maggs “Criminal Justice in the 19th Century”
  • 12 to 12.30 - Dr Tony Miller - “Making your dreams come true-how to write even if you’re very busy”
  • 1.15 to 1.45 pm - Jonathan Swan - "How do you find the time?: researching and writing history".
  • 2 to 2.30pm - Dr Viv Newman - "Surgeons, Spies & Suffragists- Extraordinary Women of the Great War"
  • 2.45 to 3.15 pm - Brian Southall "I didn’t know that - things you find out doing research"

As space is limited please obtain a ticket for the talk/s of your choice from the reception desk in the main hall on the day itself.

Details: Located on Galleywood Common, the Heritage Centre's main building is a conversion of the 1920s grandstand from the hey days of horse racing. The book festival features local authors, some of whom will be giving a short talk.

The Heritage room will be open for access to archives and information about Galleywood, these archives include information on the history of the racecourse (1759 to 1935) the Napoleonic defences, St Michael's Church, golf course and much more. There is an extensive collection of photographs of people and places. A 'listening bench' in the grounds has stories from yesteryear from Galleywood residents past & present. Volunteers from the centre, the Galleywood Historical Society and also the Essex Society for Family History will be on hand to assist with enquiries.

The Book Festival will take place in the main hall. Various local authors will be happy to talk to visitors about their books and there will also be a programme of short talks in the Common Room in the grounds. Further details of the talks and authors will be available nearer the time.

Just outside the Centre's grounds on Galleywood Common, the track of the old racecourse can be seen. A short walk across the free public car park close by brings visitors to the remains of the Napoleonic era Star Fort Earthworks which has an Interpretation Board.

The Centre's Horseshoe tea room will be open for hot and cold drinks and light refreshments and visitors can picnic in the gardens.

Booking: For talks on the day.

Location: Galleywood Common, Margaretting Road, Galleywood CM2 8TR.

Stock and Buttsbury Heritage Centre

Saturday 8th September: Open 10:00 - 12:00.

Details: This is a small Heritage Centre with a collection of photographs, books and a few artefacts pertaining mainly to the history of the two villages of Stock and Buttsbury. Our Centre is only large enough for 10-12 people at a time, including Guides, to look round in comfort. We have a good collection of photographs of the local houses, both old and new. We intend to display many of these on a monitor in the Centre. There are many books and a newspaper collection which can be browsed. The items in the mini museum are interesting, as is the large aerial map of the village. If you are interested, we can help you with your family history. Either then on the spot if possible, or at a later date by arrangement. We always have a display in the centre. It is about local schools at present, but we may be changing it to one about suffragettes for September.

Booking: Not required.

Location: The Stock & Buttsbury Heritage Centre, Swan Lane, Stock, Chelmsford, Essex, CM4 9BQ.

St Mary with St Leonard Parish 11th Century Church Broomfield

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th September: 10:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00.

Sunday 9th Morning Service 10:30 - 12:00, all welcome. 14:00 - 16:00. Pet service on the Green 15:00.

Details: History of St Mary’s from the 11th century through the ages to the present day, also exhibits to celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Explore the fabric of the church both interior and exterior, view various items and photographs relating to events over the years, a quiet area in the Lady Chapel, refreshments in St Leonard’s Hall.

Geology talks on materials used in the construction of St Mary’s, also geology tours around the exterior of the church.

The church tower will be open.

Booking: not required.

Location address: St Mary’s is situated at the top of Church Green, Broomfield, just off the B1008 travelling north from Chelmsford.

Postcode: CM1 7BD.

History Tour of Chelmsford Cathedral

Saturday 8th September: 11:00.

Details: A 30-40 minute tour of the Cathedral starting at 11am on Saturday 8th September lead by our knowledgeable guides, featuring the history and purpose of the building from medieval times to the present day. The tour will also include a commentary on the many different forms of artwork that are displayed inside the Cathedral. After the tour the building will be open to visitors until 4pm. The Cathedral will also be open for viewing on Thursday 6th September between 10am and 4pm.

Booking: not required.

Location: Top of Chelmsford High Street, behind the Shire Hall CM1 1TY.

Hylands House

Sunday 9th and Monday 10th September: Open 10:00 - 16:00 (last entry at 15:00).

Details: Hylands House is an award winning, stunning Grade II listed mansion set in over 500 acres of landscaped parkland. Owned by Chelmsford City council the house was restored to its Victorian splendour back in 2005. It is now a venue used throughout the year for a number of events including business conferences and weddings.

Enjoy free guided tours of the house led by our knowledgeable team or walk around at your leisure. We have a brand-new exhibition about titled ‘Twenty Years at Hylands from 1966 to 1986’.

Guided tours at 11:00 & 14:00 on both days.

Booking: Not required.

Location: Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 8WQ.

Pleshey Castle

Sunday 16th September: Tours 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.

Details: Tour of this photogenic Norman motte-and-bailey castle, led by Museum Curator, Nick Wickenden. Walk up to the top of the motte across a 15th century brick bridge with wonderful views across mid Essex from the top.

Booking: 30 places per tour via Chelmsford Museum 01245 605 700.

Location: Pump Lane, Pleshley, CM3 1HF (Off A130, 5 miles north of Chelmsford.

St Mary and St Lawrence, Church, Great Waltham - Flower Festival

Saturday 8th September: 10:30 - 16:00.

Sunday 9th September: 10:30 - 16:00 (choral concert to close event).

Details: Local Flower Festival. Theme. Seasons & Celebrations. There will be approximately 20 exhibits.

Large light and spacious Norman Church with early 16th Century roof beams, fine glass windows and a tomb of the Everard family.

Ploughman’s lunch, tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

Booking: Not required.

Location: The Church of St Mary and St Lawrence, Great Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1DE.

Church of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham Street

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 - 16:00.

Details: Displays of the church and local history, including Mildmay Almshouses. Self-guided tour of church. Children's quiz. Refreshments.

Church built in 1837 by a local builder James Moss. The square tower was added 46 years later and the exterior was last restored in 1932.

Booking: Not required.

Location: Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0JD.

Little Baddow History Centre and United Reform Church

Sunday 9th September: 14:00 - 16:30.

Details: Exhibition of Local History, Events and Parish Chest artefacts in History Centre. Church founded in 1661 and built in 1707. American history connections. Delicious Home-made Cream Teas served in traditional Cart Lodge and tranquil Church grounds. There will be an exhibition featuring ‘Our Farming Community’ in the History Centre and a chance to explore the extensive archive available in the browsing folders stored in the search room. The Church will be open and is one of Essex’s oldest. The site is a member of the 'Living Churchyard Scheme', a wildlife conservation scheme providing protected eco-systems.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: Church Road, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BE.

Danbury Hilltop Heritage Tour

Sunday 9th September: Tours 11:00 & 15:00.

Details: The conducted tour will start on the Church Green at the top of Danbury hill. The secular buildings around the hill will be identified and their origins explained. After that there will be a brief walk along Church Path to a viewpoint. This reveals why the site drew the early settlers. The tour will then look at what remains of the Anglo-Saxon earthworks and walk around some notable graves in the graveyard. The tour will conclude with a look inside the historic church itself, the historic pews, knightly carvings and other historic features with some observations about legends of the place.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: Church Green, Danbury CM3 4NG.

‘The Peculiar People' Evangelical Church, Moulsham

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 - 16:00.

Details: The chapel was built in 1931 by ' The Peculiar People'. The word peculiar was used in the old-fashioned sense of special or set apart'. During this event inside the church there will be a history display and artefacts together with photographs depicting the fascinating local history of ‘The Peculiar People'. You are welcome to join us for our Sunday service at 11.00am.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: Grove Road, Chelmsford CM2 0EY.

St Mary the Virgin, Great Baddow

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 - 15:00.

Details: A stroll around the interior of a Grade 1 listed Parish Church with a guide book available.

The opening coincides with a Ride and Stride event run by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.

Either cycling of walking those participating are sponsored for the number of places of worship they visit on the day.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: Church Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7HZ.

The church is in the middle of Great Baddow opposite the White Horse PH and junction with Vicarage Lane.

New London Road Baptist Church (Formerly Ebenezer Strict Baptist Church)

Saturday 8th September: 11:00 - 16:00.

Sunday 9th September: 10:45 - 12:30 (approx).

Details: Come and see inside this church designed in 1847 by James Fenton, a famous local architect. On Saturday, visitors can come into the building look around and talk to the teams of members who will explain the layout of the property and its purpose - light refreshments will be available, free of charge. On Sunday morning, visitors are invited to be part of the congregation as they worship together.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: 102 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0PW.

'Industrial Working Women of Chelmsford' a Talk by Tim Wander and Alan Pamphilon. (Local Registration Not on National Website)

Tuesday 11th September 14.00 to 15.00 with doors opening at 13.30:

Details: A collection of stories from the women who worked in some of the Chelmsford factories, before and during both the First and Second World Wars. What was it like during these difficult times to exchange life in the home for work in an industrial environment?

This is the subject of a presentation by Tim Wander and Alan Pamphilon which will take place as part of the theme of 'Extraordinary Women' for this year’s Heritage Open Days in September.

Bookable: Not required.

Location: Galleywood Heritage Centre Location: Galleywood Common, Margaretting Road, Galleywood CM2 8TR.

Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure

Sunday 16th September: 10:00 - 16:00; tours: 11:00 and 15:00.

Details: This is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of the forgotten gems of Chelmsford’s history, a Bronze Age enclosure used as the home of an important chief around 850 BC. With the help of local historians, visitors will learn what life was like in this special corner of prehistoric Chelmsford, when swords were forged, strange rituals were carried out and the land was used as a cemetery.

Visitors can look at the Bronze Age enclosure itself, which is very well preserved, while enjoying the peaceful oasis of green space sandwiched between commercial and residential areas. Organisers will describe how the site was the home of an important Chelmsford leader towards the end of the Bronze Age, while being part of a Stonehenge-like ritual landscape which included a mortuary enclosure, Neolithic enclosure and nationally-important cursus monument, all now lost. Local historians will take small groups of visitors on a tour inside the Bronze Age enclosure, teaching them why it was built and what life was like for the inhabitants, before showing them the archaeological pits left from the excavation of the adjacent Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Visitors are free to take photos, and while the site is great for picnics, there is a well-stocked café at a nearby Wyvale garden centre.

Note: The site can be, wet, boggy and slippery so extra care must be taken especially as the ground is uneven due to the pits in and around the enclosure.

Location: North-east of Chelmer Village Way, Chelmsford CM2 5AR/

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