Ancient chapels and more besides at Heritage Open days
A revealing glimpse into the past is on offer from Thursday as Heritage Open Days returns to North Devon. It runs until Sunday and gives an opportunity to visit some of the area s oldest buildings for free, in some cases with a behind the scenes glimpse o
A revealing glimpse into the past is on offer from Thursday as Heritage Open Days returns to North Devon.
It runs until Sunday and gives an opportunity to visit some of the area's oldest buildings for free, in some cases with a behind the scenes glimpse of areas not normally open to the public.
Communities from Combe Martin to Winkleigh will be hosting events, organised by North Devon Conservation Society in association with English Heritage.
In Barnstaple, the town council is offering the rare opportunity to experience the unique evening atmosphere of the 14th century St Anne's Chapel on Friday.
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The event runs from 7.30-8.30pm and is free, although must be booked in advance. The crypt of the chapel is much older than the building above and thought to have once been used as a charnel house for the storage of bones.
Later it was used as the town grammar school and pupils included poet and playwright John gay of the Beggar's Opera fame.
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Other buildings around town and across north Devon involved with Heritage Open Days include the Old Custom House, Barnstaple Heritage Centre and the town almshouses, Arlington Court, Anderton House at Goodleigh, Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, South Molton Guildhall and many more. Free programme are available at local outlets or visit for more www.heritageopendays.org information.
To view St Anne's chapel on Friday evening, contact Barnstaple Town Council on (01271) 373311 or email Claire.Parsons@barnstapletowncouncil.co.uk to book your place.