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Heritage Open Days Highlights in Greater Manchester

In this, the first in our series of guides to the 2015 Heritage Open Days, we take a look at an area that was one of the drivers of Britain’s Industrial Revolution - Greater Manchester.

And it is the wealth, ambition and civic pride that was engendered during this time that lies behind the creation of the buildings that we have chosen as our Greater Manchester highlights.

St Martin’s Church

St Martin’s Church . Photo supplied by Wikimedia Commons

Often described as the ‘hidden gem’ of the small town of Marple,  St Martin’s Church is a beautiful example of Arts and Crafts ecclesiastical architecture. 

Built in 1870 at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, the church contains examples of stained glass designed by William Morris, Ford Maddox Brown and Edward Burne Jones. The building itself was designed by John Dando Sedding and the organ, still present, is an original by Henry Willis, whose other credits include the organ in St Pauls Cathedral. 

On Saturday 12 September, guided tours of the church will be provided and on the same day in the afternoon a local historian will conduct a walk and talk. The church will also be open on 14 September for an exhibition and further guided tours.

Cheadle Hulme School

Cheadle Hulme School. Photo supplied by Wikipedia

Cheadle Hulme School was originally known as The Manchester Warehousemen and Clerks’ Orphan School. It was set up by a group of Manchester businessmen who wanted to provide education for the poorest in society. It started out with a pupil body of six 'orphans and necessitous children' and still operates as a school to this day. 

During the Heritage Open Days, Cheadle Hulme School will be offering a fully-costumed and interactive tour of the main historic buildings of the property. There will also be refreshments served in the school’s original dining hall. Younger visitors can enjoy a quiz and the chance to hold artefacts from the many periods throughout the school’s history.

Pownall Hall

Pownall Hall. Photo supplied by Pownall Hall School

Pownall Hall is a Grade II* Listed building in Wilmslow which was extensively remodelled and renovated in the late 19th century in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style by the brewing magnate Henry Boddington. Boddington commissioned the renowned architects Ball and Elce as well as Mackmurdo’s Century Guild of Artists for the interior design. A good few of the original features are still present, including fine Aesthetic style stained glass windows and carving and sculpture by John Jarvis Millson and Benjamin Cresswick.

The importance of the Century Guild and the rarity of these commissions give Pownall Hall a special position in the history of the Decorative Arts in the nineteenth century. During the Heritage Open Days, there will be a series of pre-booked tours. 

These are just a few highlights of what you can see in the Greater Manchester area during the Heritage Open Days. If you visit the Event's  website and search for Greater Manchester, there's a total of 168 events listed. 

Fancy making a weekend of it? 

We have a number of deals in the Greater Manchester area with availability (at the time of writing) during the Event. These include an  All-Inclusive two night deal at the Mercure Altrincham which comes complete with bed & breakfast as well as a two course dinner. Alternatively, you can choose another of our two-night All-Inclusive deals, this one staying at Mercure Wigan Oak and including lunch as well as dinner. Prices are from £119 per person for the two nights.

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