Discovering Farnham's Heritage Together

Join us on a journey through Farnham, a town steeped in history and culture, as we explore the enchanting Heritage Open Day events.

This September, Farnham and its surroundings come alive with a tapestry of experiences, perfect for spending quality time with your elderly loved one. From historic castles to renowned illustrators, Farnham’s Heritage Open Days promise an unforgettable adventure through time that will captivate generations young and old.

Chapel of Artistry at West Street Cemetery

Discover a unique blend of history and creativity at the Chapel of Rest, nestled within the serene West Street Cemetery. This Grade II listed building, dating back to the 1870s, has transformed from its sombre origins into an artist’s haven. The chapel’s restoration, led by the Farnham Town Council and skilled craftsmen, showcases its architectural charm.

Originally consisting of two chapels, one for Church of England burials and the other for Nonconformists, the chapel’s fusion is an emblem of unity. Experience this seamless blend of past and present, artistry and heritage, all set against the tranquil backdrop of the cemetery.

Event Details:
Dates and Times: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, 10:00-16:00

Location: 57a West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7AB

Admission: No booking required

Access: The site is wheelchair accessible, with a couple of shallow steps into the chapel.

Sculptor Ian Bishop, now the occupant of this remarkable space, welcomes you during the Heritage Open Days. Immerse yourself in his artistic world, gain insights into his creative processes, and explore the building’s history.

Celebrating Illustration Legends: Randolph Caldecott and Pauline Baynes

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of illustration as local historian Roy Waight presents a captivating talk about two iconic illustrators, Randolph Caldecott and Pauline Baynes. Discover the artistic journeys of these legends who left an enduring impression on children’s literature.

Explore the life and legacy of Randolph Caldecott, a trailblazer in children’s book illustration, and delve into the artistry of Pauline Baynes, renowned for her contributions to C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. Uncover the connections between these brilliant illustrators and the Farnham area where they lived.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Saturday 9th September, 10:30

Location: Council Chamber, Council Offices, South Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RN

Admission: No booking required

Accompanying the talk is an exclusive exhibition of Pauline Baynes’ remarkable work. Hosted by Alberto Ceccatelli, this showcase offers a rare glimpse into the illustrations that graced the pages of beloved literary classics. The exhibition is open Thursday 7th September, 12:00-17:00; Friday 8th September, 09:00-16:30; and Saturday 9th September, 12:30-16:00.

Exploring Castle Street's Architectural Marvels

Take a ‘virtual walk’ through the architectural wonders of Castle Street, Farnham, guided by the esteemed Michael Blower MBE. This event promises to delve into the intricate details of the iconic Castle Street buildings, both grand and subtle, bringing to life their historical significance.

Michael Blower, a retired architect, accomplished artist, and tireless advocate for heritage preservation, will lead you on this insightful exploration. As a key figure in safeguarding West Surrey’s cultural legacy, his expertise is unparalleled. Drawing upon his decades of experience and involvement with Farnham’s architectural treasures, Blower’s talk unveils the charm and significance of Castle Street’s enchanting architecture.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Tuesday 12th September, 15:30

Location: Mansey Room, Farnham Memorial Hall, Babbs Mead, West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7EE

Admission: No booking required

Castle Street, hailed by writer Alec Clifton Taylor as a street of unparalleled visual delight, comes to life through Blower’s professional insights. Prepare to be captivated by the intricate stories and design nuances that have shaped this iconic street.

Unveiling the Astonishing Past of More House School

Embark on a captivating journey into the rich history of More House School with local historian Roy Waight’s enlightening talk, “More and More – The Miracle at Mount Olivet”. This informative event, set in the Cellar Bar of The Farnham Maltings, promises to reveal the remarkable story of More House School in Frensham.

Discover the unusual life of Reg Gard’ner, also known as Brother Joseph, the visionary behind More House School and the monastery, Mount Olivet, at Moons Hill. Learn about the astonishing “Frensham Circus”, a groundbreaking endeavour he established to foster pride among his students. This unique circus, run by schoolboys, created waves of excitement for 11 years, leaving an indelible mark on the region’s history.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Friday 15th September, 11:30

Location: Cellar Bar, The Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

Admission: No booking required

Access: The Cellar Bar is accessible via stairs or lift.

Roy Waight’s talk offers a glimpse into the lesser-known aspects of Frensham, shedding light on an experimental educational venture that once thrived in the heart of the area. Through photographs and engaging narration, this event promises you a fascinating look at Frensham’s past.

Unveil Creativity at the Museum of Farnham

Immerse yourself in the captivating history and creativity of Farnham’s past at the Museum of Farnham. Nestled within the splendid Georgian townhouse, Willmer House, this local history museum is a treasure trove of Farnham’s heritage, spanning from prehistoric roots to Georgian splendour.

Discover the intricate beauty of Willmer House, a Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece. Explore art activities and trails that celebrate the building’s architectural grace and the natural beauty of its walled garden. The house, built in 1718, boasts Baroque influences and original interior features, and behind it lies a tranquil walled garden, home to the modern Garden Gallery.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Saturday 16th September, 10:00-16:00

Location: Museum of Farnham, Willmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DX

Admission: No booking required

Access: There is disabled access to the ground floor, Garden Gallery, and garden, as well as disabled parking and accessible toilet. There are stairs to the upper floors.

Delve into the heart of Farnham’s history and artistic legacy, as the Museum of Farnham invites you to uncover the hidden stories and creative treasures that define this delightful space.

Journey Through Time at Farnham Castle

Step into history at Farnham Castle, an awe-inspiring testament to nearly a millennium of rich heritage. Embark on self-guided tours of the Bishops’ Palace, with knowledgeable Volunteer Palace Guides present from 2pm to 4pm to provide historical insights, and enjoy the various refreshments available throughout the day.

Perched majestically on Castle Hill, this medieval marvel has stood as a symbol of strength and elegance for almost 900 years. As a Grade 1 and Grade 2 Listed site, the Keep and Palace stand as remarkable testaments to the town’s illustrious past, not normally open to the public.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Sunday 17th September, 11:00-16:30

Location: Farnham Castle, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0AG

Admission: No booking required

Access: The ground floor is accessible for limited mobility visitors, but there are no lifts and some steep steps to the other floors. Disabled parking is available.

Experience the past coming to life through historic Civil War re-enactments, immersing you in military drills from 11am to 4pm. And if the steep steps are manageable, then the breathtaking panoramic views over Farnham and the historic Bishops’ Deer Park are worth seeing.

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