Last weekend, buildings and places in and around Pontefract threw open their days to welcome visitors from far and wide as part of a free international celebration of Heritage.

13 locations offered a total of 29 opportunities to explore the heritage of Pontefract, Carleton, East Hardwick and Ackworth, and one week earlier Nostell Priory was also participating in the National Trust and Peoples Postcode Lottery backed scheme.

Paul Cartwright, civic society Chair said ”It was really great to see and hear the enthusiasm for our rich heritage with hundreds of visitors from Cambridge, Manchester, Tewkesbury, Doncaster, Sheffield, and many places around West Yorkshire.”

Ackworth School, the Masonic Hall, Minden House, and the churches in Pontefract, Carleton and East Hardwick all willingly participated in talks, rang the church bells, and guided walks were also well supported in the town centre via Pontefract Heritage Group with their Town Crier, in the Town Hall, and Pontefract Castle. Renowned local speaker, Tom Dixon also drew a good number of visitors to the liquorice fields of Pontefract.


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