Under the annual national Heritage Open Days scheme, thousands of volunteers invite us to experience free of charge local history, architecture and culture.
Two wonderful buildings in the HD8 area will feature again this year.
High Flatts Quaker Meeting House
The High Flatts Quaker Meeting House down Firth Lane is a very early Quaker meeting house from c1653 and is situated in a beautiful hamlet which was until recently exclusively Quaker owned. The building is produced in local stone and can offer spectacular views over magnificent rolling countryside.
Guided visits will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre
The Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre on Queen Street is a “one-up one-down” former weaver’s cottage. The downstairs family-living quarters have been maintained & furnished as in c1900. Upstairs is an authentic hand-loom in working condition, along with fascinating displays & artefacts linked to our textile history.
Guided visits 12 noon to 6 p.m. Thursday & Friday and 10a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
Loom demonstrations 12 noon to 3p.m. Thursday & Friday; 1p.m. to 4p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
Free parking, toilets & refreshments are available at the nearby Savoy Community Centre at the junction of Lodge Street & Elm Street.
Leaflets for self-guided walks along the Skelmanthorpe Village Trail will be available or can be downloaded from www.denbydalewalkersarewelcome.org.uk .
For more information nationwide see www.heritageopendays.org.uk