Residents invited to discover borough’s heritage at unique Open Days

THE BOROUGH’S heritage will be laid bare from September 4 to 21 as numerous historical buildings throw open their doors.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days festival, Oldham Council is inviting residents to take part in events and visits across the area.

council heritage daysAnd with everything from film shows to ghost walks there’s plenty for everyone to experience as the event is bigger and better than ever.

Whether you’re interested in architecture or just curious about history this is your opportunity to find out more about the heritage around you.

This year’s event runs from September 4 to 21 and features a number of exciting activities spread right across the borough.

Highlights include:

  • ‘St Mary’s Estate on Film’ at George Street Chapel
  • ‘Our People, Our Lives’ at St Matthew and St Luke, Chadderton
  • 800 years of worship at St Chad’s Church, Saddleworth
  • The history of Failsworth Hats at Failsworth Library
  • Drystone walling in Shaw
  • The Royton Heritage Walk around Royton Town centre
  • Tours of the clock tower at Holy Trinity, Bardsley

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Once again we’ve organised an excellent programme of events and opportunities so residents can learn about the rich heritage of our borough.

“Residents may not realise how much interesting history we have on our doorstep so I hope that they will take advantage of these events and get an insight into the history that is all around them.”

In Saddleworth, Heritage Grade II listed St.Chad’s Church will throw opens its doors on Friday 11 and Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 13 from 1pm to 5pm.

On display will be the interesting findings from a group who have been researching the World War 1 soldiers named on the Memorial Tablet in the church.

Stanley and Lily will be on hand to help search the parish registers for anyone interested in genealogy, while the Rushcart banners will be on display.

There will be tours of the bell-ringing room and ringing demonstrations with Jeff and Nina Brannan from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a guided tour led by John Butterworth of the memorials in Church.  Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend as will children’s activities.

Elsewhere at Castleshaw Roman Forts, in Delph, will offer guided tours of the site above the Castleshaw Centre and the Chester to York military road, including findings of the 2014 excavation.

Not suitable for children under 4. No booking required. Tours run on Thursday 10 September, 1.15pm-2.45pm, Friday 11 September, 6.45pm-8.15pm and Saturday 12 September 2pm-3.30pm.

Meanwhile the Grade II listed Georgian “Pennine Auditory” Chapel on Woods Lane, Dobcross will be open to visitors with a free guide booklet.

Dating from 1787, it boasts many remaining period features and will be open from 10am to 3.30pm on Thursday to Saturday and from 1pm-3.30pm on Sunday. No booking required.

For more information look out for the Oldham’s Heritage Open Days leaflet in you local library or on-line.

Alternatively contact Oldham’s Heritage Open Days, Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN  by email or call 0161 770 4654.


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