Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Heritage Open Days, September 2017

Esh village will feature twice in the national Heritage Open Days festival this year, opening both of its historic churches to the public in September 2017:

Old Esh - St Michael’s RC Church
Esh Laude, DH7 9QN    
A Grade II Listed Church. St Michael's is one of the oldest churches in the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Built to resemble a farm steading to blend in with surrounding area the church was constructed in 1798 and features listed stained glass windows. St Michael's was originally the mother church for the Lanchester area and served the growing population of miners and workers moving into the area. Volunteers will be available to talk to visitors about the history of the building and the surrounding area and history leaflets will be available.
No booking required
West side of Esh Village, 1 mile from Ushaw College
Sunday 10 Sept: 13.00-16.00
Additional Information:  This site is not normally open to the public; the event is especially put on for Heritage Open Days 2017; full wheelchair access; on-site disabled parking; on-site accessible toilets; pushchair/pram friendly; hearing loop; assistance dogs welcome; parking; baby changing/breastfeeding area; refreshments; toilets on site. 

Old Esh – village church and inn
Front St, Esh Village, DH7 9QR
The Church of St Michael and All Angels (13th century) was rebuilt in 1770 and improved in 1850 to current appearance by the remarkable Temple Chevallier (Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Durham University) incumbent from 1835 to 1873.
A village trail will point visitors to other areas of interest in the village.
Volunteers will be available to show visitors areas of interest in the church.
Refreshments and toilets are available at the nearby Cross Keys Inn, a historic drovers inn.
1 mile from Ushaw College, opposite the Cross Keys Inn
No booking required
Sunday 10 September: 1300-1600
Keys to be included: event specially put on for hods; refreshments, toilets, public convenience disabled; partial disabled access

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