This week, Pontefract Civic Society launches this year’s guide to Heritage Open Days, and a leaflet telling the history of Pontefract Town Hall, and on Fri 13th at 9:45am Town Crier courtesy of Pontefract Heritage Group will be making announcements at the Buttercross.

16 venues will be throwing their doors open wide in Pontefract and surrounding villages, to celebrate the 25th anniversary nationally of Heritage Open Days, and it’s the civic society’s 50th anniversary in Pontefract, full advantage is being taken across the full period of the festival between 13th and 15th and 19th to 22nd September, supported by announcements from Pontefract’s Town Crier, and with the added entertainment of the Liquorice Singers on Saturday 21st September..

Paul Cartwright, civic society chair, said “We are really pleased that we have the support of venue owners and their volunteers to make this a great series of events. We hope that visitors and local people will wish to explore, and if you pick up our booklet at the library, museum, castle and other locations, then you’ll be able to plan your visits to several of these great events”.

As well as our usual offering from St Giles Church, All Saints Church and St Michaels in Carleton, other churches have got on board, namely St Peter’s Church, Kirk Smeaton, and St Edward the Confessor Church, Brotherton.

Paul went onto say, “as well as historic buildings, it’s equally important to bring stories of places and people to life with talks, tours, music, and displays which include tours of Pontefract’s Market Place conservation area supported by an exhibition in the library, fuller tours of the town hall including the former court cells, Ackworth Quaker School, the liquorice fields, the castle, the Masonic Hall, Friarwood Valley Gardens, this week and next week to get you started. Finally, a new treat for 2019, is 30 Gillygate, which is being opened up to the public for the very time, next week, on Fri 20th to 22nd September; The building is a modest outwardly fronted former Victorian house and shop now an office set back in a yard. Inside the building has a very fine plaster ceiling, circa 1630, with a central diamond bordered by twining grape vines, which encloses oak leaves and acorns, whilst vine trails and bunches of grapes extend outwards from its corners”.

For local information visit the civic society website at www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk or call 01977 708658 for further information.

Discover Pontefract Heritage Open Days poster.

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