Heritage Open Days – Northwich 2019

Friday 13 until Sunday 22 September 2019

Heritage Open Days

Buildings

St Michael and All Angels

Church Road
Little Leigh
Northwich
CW8 4RN

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Free parking

Grade II Listed. Superb terracotta craftsmanship outside and inside. Outstanding terracotta reredos altarpiece with large plaque of ‘The Last Supper’ by Jabez Thompson; beautiful terracotta base to the font; fine Minton tiles to altar area. Narrow stained glass windows – one by Trena Cox.

  • Open: Saturday 14 and Saturday 21: 11am – 4pm
  • Regular guided tours and information


Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane
Anderton
Northwich
CW9 6FW

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Toilet

An excellent example of Victorian engineering. Free Top of the World Tour is a unique opportunity to see the Boat Lift as lift operators have since Victorian times. Learn its history from the opening in 1875. Walking tour involves heights. Suitable for age 15 and over. Booking essential on 01606 786777. History talks about the Boat Lift throughout the day – just turn up.

  • Free tours: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22: 10.30am, 12 noon and 2.15pm


Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane
Marston
Northwich
CW9 6ES

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking
  • Toilet

Lion Salt Works has undergone an astonishing restoration, funded by HLF. It tells the stories of brine salt production, the people who worked in the area and the impact of salt on Northwich.
Free admission and “taster tours” at regular intervals on Saturday 21, please drop in and book on day.

  • Open: Saturday 21: 12 noon – 4pm
  • Free taster tours – Saturday 21: from 12 noon onwards


St Helen’s Church

Church Road
Northwich
CW9 5PB

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Toilet

Grade I Listed, from 1350. “Oldest and most beautiful building in Northwich”: Pevsner. Medieval with magnificent oak panelled roof with carved and gilded bosses built 1520; stained glass windows by Kempe, Wailes and Gibbs. Short informal tours take place regularly. Just drop in. Volunteers available for historic information.

Small display “Northwich Remembers 1939” local people’s memories of WW2. Weather permitting, Tower Tours Sunday pm – many steps. Disabled parking in church grounds. Toilets not wheelchair accessible.

  • Open: Friday 13 and 20: 2pm – 6pm, Saturday 14 and 21: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 15 and 22: 2pm – 4pm


Northwich Library

Witton Street
Northwich
CW9 5DR

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Toilet

Grade II listed iconic library building, donated by Sir John Brunner, former MP for Northwich. Opened 23 September 1909. Visitor tour and history of about 30 mins (audio version available). Booking essential for tours on 01606 275646. Low gradient access ramps available at entrance and inside. On Saturday 21 September, 9.30am-12.30pm – “People Power” themed.

Activities – Children’s “Pop-Up Historical Library” plus family fun crafts.

  • Open: Thursday 19 and Friday 20: 9am – 7pm and Saturday 21: 9am – 1pm
  • Tours: Friday 19: 3pm and 6pm, Saturday 15: 11am and 12 noon


Bratt & Evans Ltd

2 – 6 Witton Street
Northwich
CW9 5AP

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Toilet

Founded in 1860 by Henry Bratt on approximately the present site and called H. Bratt & Son. Later Henry took into partnership his Fabric Buyer, Jack Evans, and it was renamed Bratt & Evans. John Arthur Gray purchased the business in 1928 and it is still owned by the Gray family. There will be a visual exhibition of Bratts through the years.

Fully accessible; ramp and lift.

  • Open: Thursday 19 to Saturday 21: 9.30am – 5pm


 

Events

Woodland Heritage Walk

Anderton Nature Park
Lift Lane
Northwich
CW9 6FW

Facilities

  • Toilet

A six mile figure of eight walk around the Northwich woodlands linking the Anderton Boat Lift and the Lion Salt Works. Looking at the impact of the salt industry on this beautiful 1,000 acre park. Good paths and tracks on mostly level ground. Booking is essential via Eventbrite.

Please note the walk is free but there is a charge for parking at Anderton Nature Park. Meet by ticket machine.

  • Friday 13: 10am


Northwich Rail Walk

Northwich Railway Station
Manchester Road
Northwich
CW9 5LY

Facilities

  • Disabled access

A guided circular rail walk from Northwich Station, approximately 2.5 miles. From the station, through the park, by the river (see the metal sculptures), pass the viaduct, by the church and back to the station. Passing many historical buildings. Booking is essential. Visit the Eventbrite website to book or phone 01606 288815.

Please note the walk is free but there is a charge for parking at Northwich Station. Meet at ticket office.

  • Tour: Saturday 14: 2pm – 3.30pm


Saltscape Walk

Anderton Nature Park
Lift Lane
Anderton
Northwich
CW9 6FW

Facilities

  • Toilet

A six kilometre (3.5 mile) walk in Northwich woodlands following part of the Saltscape Trail, highlighting the impact of the salt industry on the landscape. Good paths and tracks on mostly level ground. Booking is essential on the Eventbrite website or phone 01606 288815.

Please note the walk is free but there is a charge for parking at Anderton Nature Park. Meet by ticket machine.

  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 21: 11am


Live Music and Afternoon Tea

St Helen’s Church
Church Road
Northwich
CW7 5PB

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Toilet

Enjoy live music from the Forties in the beautiful surroundings of the only Grade I Listed building in Northwich, the medieval church of St Helen’s. As well as the opportunity to have a special afternoon tea. Also small display “Northwich Remembers 1939” local people’s memories of WW2. Other events happening in the building as well. Disabled parking in church grounds.

Toilets not wheelchair accessible.

  • Sunday 15: 2pm – 4pm


Marbury Country Park Walk

Marbury Road
Northwich
CW9 6AT

Take a guided circular walk in Marbury Country Park of approximately two miles, finding out about the history of the hall (now demolished), gardens and parkland and seeing the still used “Lido”. Good paths on mostly level ground. Booking is essential on the Eventbrite website or phone 01606 288815.

Please note the walk is free but there is a charge for parking at Marbury Country Park. Meet at ticket machine.

  • Wednesday 18: 10am


Jabez Thompson and Northwich Terracotta talk

Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane
Anderton
Northwich
CW9 6FW

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking
  • Toilet

A talk by David North on the little known craft of terracotta and the expertise of one of its best craftsman – Jabez Thompson. Terracotta was a big industry in Northwich and had its own brickworks. Booking essential on 01606 786777.

  • Wednesday 18: 2pm


People Power Historical Exhibition

Northwich Library
Witton Street
Northwich
CW9 5DR

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Toilet

“People Power” Historical Exhibition comprising: Northwich “Then and Now” display of photos of Northwich through the years, as well as items loaned from local Cheshire West Museums, and a range of local history & family ancestry books and resources to browse and borrow throughout the week. Also, a special one-off exhibition of the historic photographs by H. Emmett, who’s broad collection of images relating to ICI and the Salt Works have kindly been loaned to Northwich Library by Andrew Blears.

  • Thursday 19 and Friday 20: 9am – 7pm and Saturday 21: 9am – 1pm


People Power: Peterloo 100

Northwich Library
Witton Street
Northwich
CW9 5DR

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Toilet

“People Power: Peterloo 100”

A talk on Manchester’s famous revolution to mark the 100 year anniversary, by local Cheshire historian Owen Powell. Booking essential on 01606 275646.

  • Thursday 19: 6pm


Weaverham Plaque Walk and Talk

Starting from:
St. Mary’s Church Porch
Church Street
Weaverham
CW8 3NJ

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking
  • Toilet

Guided walking tour led by members of Weaverham History Society passing all 15 listed buildings in Weaverham and other buildings of historic interest. Tour will take approx. 1.5 hours (possibly longer). The pavements are narrow in places and sometimes bumpy. Refreshments and toilets available inside the church which has disabled access.

  • Saturday 21: 10.30am and 2pm


The Cheshire Yeomanry with Corey Estenson

Weaver Hall Museum
London Road
Northwich
CW9 8AB

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking
  • Toilet

Leaders, Movers and Shakers in the Cheshire (Earl of Chester’s) Yeomanry – from Peterloo to WW2. An illustrated talk on some of the characterful members of the County who have held commissions with the Yeomanry; and what they did. The Yeomanry are renowned as ‘the last British regiment to fight on horses’ – and their history is full of incident as well as tradition.

  • Saturday 21: 3pm – 4pm


Northwich Heritage Tour

Starting from Swetenhams (estate agents)
The Bull Ring
Northwich
CW9 5BU

A guided walking tour of the unique timber–framed buildings of Northwich, including their history and stories about the town. Walk starting from raised plinth by Swetenhams Estate
Agents. Walk is on town pavements. Booking essential on the Eventbrite website or phone 01606 288815.


Full brochure

Also view all the buildings and events in the Heritage Open Days brochure for West Cheshire: