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Heritage Open Days Highlights in Cheshire

In this, the second in our series of guides to the 2015 Heritage Open Days, we take a look at a few of the highlights that can be found in Cheshire, a county that is famous for its many white plaster and black timber-frame houses.

Cheshire’s heritage riches also include some of Britain's grandest houses including Arley Hall, Dunham Massey Hall and Tatton Park. And if that weren't enough, the County town, Chester, has a total of 550 listed buildings. Our Cheshire highlights include a silk mill that inspired the grand-daddy of modern day computing, the finest timber frame building in Chester and a brewing magnate's Jacobean residence.  

Bishop Lloyd’s Place

Bishop Lloyd's Place. Photo supplied by

Bishop Lloyd’s Place represents one finest examples of timber framing in Chester. Originally built as two separate medieval town houses but merged into one at the beginning of the 17th century the House is listed Grade 1. The exterior has many fine feature including fine carvings on the gable and at Row level. The interior includes a stunning period piece fireplace and highly decorated plaster ceilings

During the Heritage Open Days, there will be demonstrations featuring hi-tech 3D modelling of Roman Chester, with visualisations of the City’s Roman fort based on the latest archaeological findings. 

No 8 White Friars

No. 8 White Friars. Photo supplied by Google Maps

No 8 White Friars is a Jacobean private residence in Chester with Grade II listing. It was built in the 16th century and many of the original Jacobean features can be explored and viewed. It also features a heraldic over mantel which displays the arms of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, which ties in with the evidence which suggests the House was owned by a brewer by the name of Richard Harrison. During the 3 day Heritage Open Days event, the House opens up for four tours on both 12 and 13 September.

Paradise Mill

Macclesfield Paradise Mill. Photo supplied by Silk Heritage Trust

It may not look like much from the outside but within the walls of the  Paradise Mills in Macclesfield is a truly stunningly preserved piece of history. The Mill is home to 26 original and fully working Jacquard looms. These looms, designed by Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard, are considered by many to be the forerunner of modern day computers, using as they did punch cards to produce automatically complex patterns. Amazingly Paradise Mill produced silk right up until its closure in 1981, when cheap imports and new materials forced its closure.

During the Heritage Open Days, the Mill’s normal admission charges will be waived and there’ll be regular tours led by an experienced guide, offering real insight into the way the mill used to run. 

Even though we have only dipped our toe into what's on offer in Cheshire during Heritage Open Days, I hope that the above has whetted your appetite. There's a total of 99 Cheshire properties listed on the Event's website. You can find out more about all of them by going to the Heritage Open Days website, clicking on the 'Explore' tab and selecting Cheshire from the drop down menu. 

Fancy making a weekend of it? 

We currently have a number of deals in Cheshire with availability (at the time of writing) over the Heritage Open Days Weekend (10 - 13 September 2015). Stay at the  Cranage Hall which offers a two course evening meal, plus a ticket to explore the 1000 acres of Tatton Park. Or stay at The Brook Meadow Hotel which includes a 3 course meal, as well as 10% off Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

More of our guides to the 2015 Heritage Open Days

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Our Guide to Heritage Open Days in Greater Manchester Our Guide to the Heritage Open Days in Dorset Guide to Heritage Open Days in Warwickshire

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