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Contributed by Diana Bevan


Over the four days many visitors enjoyed the history and architecture of the area.  There were nine openings and events in the Borough of Newcastle covering the urban and rural districts.

 Holy Trinity Church, St George’s Church, The Unitarian Meeting House, The Chapel of Rest and King Street Congregational Church opened their doors to the public.

 Several people commented that they had only ever seen the buildings from the outside.  It was a joy to wander around the inside.  Each one is full of local and family history and there was beautiful stained glass and intricate wood carving to appreciate.

Keele Hall held a very successful event with guided tours of the hall and arboretum.  The university Chapel and the wonderful Raven-Mason Ceramic Collection were open to view.

At Kidsgrove, a guided history walk by the canal proved very popular as did a talk on the history of the church of St James,  Audley.

 Over eighty people took part in the history event in Silverdale with guided walks, a talk and a history film presentation.

 All these events were organised by volunteers who worked very hard to make ‘Heritage Open Days’ a success.  Thanks to them we have had an opportunity to take a closer look at the history that surrounds us.