North Devon's hidden history revealed on Heritage Open Days

THE hidden history of North Devon will be on display at Heritage Open Days from September 10 -13. This will be a chance to visit some of the region s best-loved buildings free of charge and see aspects behind the scenes not normally open to the public.

THE hidden history of North Devon will be on display at Heritage Open Days from September 10 -13.

This will be a chance to visit some of the region's best-loved buildings free of charge and see aspects behind the scenes not normally open to the public.

North Devon Conservation Society, which is organising the event, has made sure that buildings over a wide area - not just in Barnstaple - will be open to the public.

They will include The Old Court House in Chulmleigh, now a traditional pub, but once the seat of justice. An original 1633 Charles 1 coat of arms and a Royal House of Tudor frieze dating from its court days can be seen. It will be open on all four days from 11am to 11pm, but parties of more than six are asked to book in advance.


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A new venue this year will be Trimstone Manor, near West Down, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The farmhouse goes back centuries and visitors will be able to see a waterwheel and enjoy the idyllic setting.

For full details of Heritage Open Days and the free events in North Devon and Torridge, visit www.heritageopendays.org and select the local events from the search options.

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Free programmes are available at various local outlets, or contact John Wilsher on (01271) 374899 or Philip Milton on 344300.

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