Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days 2017

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Heritage Open Days 2017 will run from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

Our theme this year is Changing Faces – Buildings Then and Now. This will promote the town’s outstanding architectural heritage, focussing on how old buildings have been preserved by changing their use to meet modern day needs.

New this year

We have several properties open to visitors for the first time under Heritage Open Days, including:

Adult Learning Centre, a 19th century Gothic style building, which has at times been the Old Grammar School and the Farnham School of Art.

Farnham Vineyard Cburch, one of Farnham’s few Arts and Crafts buildings, orignally a Church Hall for St Andrew’s.

The Giggling Squid, now a restaurant by once the office for a builder’s yard.

 

Full deails about venues, guided walks and other events appear in our 2017 brochure, which can be obtained at locations throughout Farnham. It is also available online. Click here to view.

HODS programme 2017

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Here is a full list of HODS activities in and around Farnham. For further information click on the entry below.

 

PROPERTIES IN FARNHAM TOWN CENTRE

WEST STREET

Chapel of Rest, West Street Cemetery

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Willmer House

Guitar Village, 80-81 West Street

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Farnham Library, 28 West Street, Vernon House

Farnham Adult Learning Centre  -  New this year

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street

THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD

University for the Creative Arts

CASTLE STREET

Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

The Giggiling Squid  - New this year

SOUTH STREET     

Farnham United Reformed Church

The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices

UNION ROAD

The Old Court House

Farnham Vineyard Church  -  New this year

LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE

Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane

New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park

DOWNING STREET

The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, off Lower Church Lane

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Middle Church Lane

St Andrew’s Infant School, Upper Church Lane

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers

Ivy House, Ivy Lane                                                   

PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS

WRECCLESHAM

Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, GU10 4QT (off A325 through Wrecclesham)

Yew Tree Cottage

Partridge House

St Peter’s Church

MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY

Moor Park House, Moor Park Lane (off Moor Park Way), GU10 1FE

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

Waverley Abbey ruins, off Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

FRENSHAM 

Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham GU10 3DL (off A287 in Frensham) 

 

GUIDED WALKS

Water Meadow Walk   –  new this year

Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham Park Walk

Farnham Town Centre Tree Walk

Farnham Water Supply Walk

Waverley Abbey Walk

VIRTUAL WALKS

Trees in Farnham

The Architecture of Castle Street

TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

A Gold Embriodery of Dancing Words

Morris Dancers – Saturday

Recrafting Farnham

 

 

 

HODS Programme for 2016

 

 

 

 

Here is a full list of HODS activities in and around Farnham. For further information click on the entry below.

 

PROPERTIES IN FARNHAM TOWN CENTRE

WEST STREET

Chapel of Rest, West Street Cemetery

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Willmer House

Guitar Village, 80-81 West Street

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Farnham Library, 28 West Street, Vernon House

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street

THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD

University for the Creative Arts

Crafts Study Centre, next to University for the Creative Arts

CASTLE STREET

Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

42 Castle Street (the Masonic Centre)

THE BOROUGH

Mercure Bush Hotel

SOUTH STREET     

Farnham United Reformed Church

The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices

UNION ROAD

The Old Court House

LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE

Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane

New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park

DOWNING STREET

The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, off Lower Church Lane

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Middle Church Lane

St Andrew’s Infant School, Upper Church Lane

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers

Ivy House, Ivy Lane                                                   

PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS

THE BOURNE

Church of St Thomas on the Bourne, A287 Frensham Road, GU9 8HA

WRECCLESHAM

Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, GU10 4QT (off A325 through Wrecclesham)

Yew Tree Cottage

Partridge House

St Peter’s Church

MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY

Moor Park House, Moor Park Lane (off Moor Park Way), GU10 1FE

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

Waverley Abbey ruins, off Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

FRENSHAM 

Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham GU10 3DL (off A287 in Frensham) 

ROWLEDGE

Frensham Heights School, Rowledge, GU10 4EA (off the Long Road in Rowledge).

RUNFOLD

The Antiques Warehouse, Badshot Farm, St George’s Road, Runfold GU10 1PL

 

GUIDED WALKS

Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham Park History Walk

Farnham Town Centre History Walk

Farnham Town Centre Tree Walk

Farnham Water Supply Walk

Waverley Abbey Walk

 

TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

A Pot of Paint in the Public’s Face

Morris Dancers – Saturday 11:45 – 12:30, Lion & Lamb Yard and 13:30 – 14:15, outside the Hop Blossom pub in Long Garden Walk

 

 

Heritage Open Days 2016

Heritage Open Days 2016 will run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 13 September.

New this year

We have several properties open to visitors for the first time under Heritage Open Days, including:

Yew Tree Cottage – Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century.

Partridge House – Grade II listed building, part of which was built in the 15th century.

Ivy House – town house built around 1700

We also feature a new walk, ‘From Wells to Mains’, exploring the history of Farnham’s water supply.

Full deails about venues, guided walks and other events appear in our 2016 brochure, which can be obtained at locations throughout Farnham. It is also available online. Click here to view.

Heritage Open Days 2015

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The 2015 Heritage Open Days ran from 10 to 13 September.

This year our theme was Hops. Farnham has a long tradition of a local hop industry. Numerous local buildings – for example Farnham Maltings and Daniel Hall – are associated with the industry, and many of the fine Georgian houses were built using profits from the industry. Our programme included venues and events linked to this tradition.

Full details about venues, guided walks and other events were listed in our 2015 brochure, which is still available online. Click here to view.

 

 

 

 

Heritage Open Days 2014

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HODS Report by Georgina Bridges

Heritage Open Days celebrated its 20th birthday in style this year. Not a drop of rain was seen in Farnham for the entire four days and there were about three and a half thousand visitors to the numerous local events.

It was great to see so many enthusiastic Farnham Society members joining in and helping out. HODS is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Farnham to come together and celebrate our heritage and the vibrancy of our community.

The Farnham Society and The Farnham Town Council jointly fund HODS, but really, it is the hard work and generosity of everybody involved that makes it happen. The volunteers led by Gloria Dyche who give out brochures and help at venues. Sue Farrow’s countless hours of hard work to create the brochure with the help of Preface Studio Operations Director and photographer Stu Burnett, who gave his services for free! The owners of private houses - Michelle Quinlan, Lou James, Catriona McCloud and Sarah Swarsbreck for letting everybody invade their beautiful homes, albeit under the watchful eye of Cathy Cook. Our photographer David Fisher, of the A.F.&F. Camera Club, who magically seemed to be everywhere at once and took over 600 photographs. All the tour guides and speakers - Erica Wilkinson, Michael Blower, Brian Pittuck, Roger Jude, Chris Cleeland, Robert Blower, Angela Peers-David, Robin Crowther, David Graham, Rod Wild, Richard Sandars, Janet Jude and the Castle Guides. Gillian Ward who masterminded the delightful tea at the Castle. The Museum of Farnham and the Farnham Maltings who hosted the launch party and talks. The Mayor, who came to so many different events and Jeremy Hunt who was due to visit the Pottery but had to cancel due to a Cobra meeting (we will hold him to his promise to come next year!).

There were over 3 million visits to HODS events this year and public awareness is growing. Here in Farnham we are already starting to plan next year. We are lucky to have a rich cultural heritage and Heritage Open Days is a great way to get people of all ages to explore and discover it. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved - the more people who help, the more we can do.

Please have a look at the gallery of pictures taken by David Fisher of the Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet Camera Club. They are better than words at conveying the fun of the festival.

 

 

HODS Pictures by David Fisher of The Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet Camera Club

We show a selection of David’s photographs below and will be showing more of the 600 in coming months.

Please click on each picture to bring up a larger image which in most browsers can be further enlarged to show fine detail that is not obvious in the smaller pictures, for example the people on top of St Andrew’s Church tower in the third to last picture.

 

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