Visitors gunning for heritage days

By Mark Drew | Entertainment | Published:

From hidden treasures to some of Shropshire’s best kept secrets, doors were opened up across the county and further afield over the weekend.

Paul Humphrey from Luton, Robert Mottram-Jones from penkridge (playing te part of the captured: Thomas Whitgreave), Chris Modd from Wednesfield (Volunteers and Sealed Knot)

Dozens of buildings were part of the English Heritage Open Days festival.

They were part of almost 5,300 events staged across the country by around 2,070 organisers and involving more than 40,000 volunteers.

It is estimated that in excess of three million visitors took advantage of the chance to have a snoop behind normally closed doors.

Experts were on hand at Moseley Old Hall, a National Trust property sitting near the M54 just over the Shropshire border.

The building involved in the dramatic story of King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s troops at Moseley Old Hall after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Historians re-enacted that moment, giving visitors the chance to step back in time.

Elsewhere, Shrewsbury’s Laura’s Tower was opened and people were able to climb the town’s Lord Hill’s column.

Mark Drew

By Mark Drew

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