Heritage Open Days – Northwich 2017

Heritage Open Days
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Thursday 7 until Sunday 10 September 2017

St. Mary The Virgin Church, Weaverham (known as St. Mary’s)

Church Street, Weaverham

The church is Grade I listed. Tower 15th century, remainder of building 16th century. Place of worship since Saxon times. Mentioned in Domesday Book. Many interesting internal and external features. Guided tours available, though you can go round by yourself. Bell Tower may not be open. Fully accessible. A small step into church but ramp available for wheelchair users.

  • Open: Saturday: 10am-12.30pm & 2.15pm-4pm
  • Tours: 10am-11.30am & 2.15pm-3.30pm

Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich

The Boat Lift is a Victorian marvel situated in fully accessible landscaped grounds. Take the guided Top of the World Tour and learn the history of this masterpiece, whilst enjoying the panoramic views from the top of the lift. Booking essential for tours.

  • Boat lift Open: Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am–5pm
  • FREE Tours: Saturday& Sunday: 10.30am, 12 noon & 2.15pm

Dock Road Pumping Station

Weir Street, Northwich CW9 5HL

Grade II listed rare 1910 Edwardian gas-powered pumping station for sewage treatment. Circular single storey brick building with arched windows. Two restored and working Crossley Brothers engines driving Hayward Tyler pumps. Volunteers will be on site to give talks throughout the afternoon. Fully accessible.

  • Sunday 2pm-5pm

Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES

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, please drop-in and book on day.

  • Open: Saturday: 10.30am-5pm
  • Free Taster tours: Saturday from 12 noon

Northwich Library

Witton Street, Northwich

The iconic library building is Grade II listed. It was donated to the town by Sir John Brunner, former MP for Northwich. It opened September 23 1909.

Library tours. Crafts.

Includes displays of original photographs and books on the salt heritage of the town. Refreshments will be provided during the tours only.

Access ramps available of low gradient at entrance and inside. Hopefully will be public toilet available but this is dependent on building maintenance work.

  • Open: Thursday & Friday: 9am-7pm & Saturday: 9am–1pm


  • Friday: 2.30pm-3pm & 3.30pm-4pm
  • Saturday: 10.30am-11am & 11.30am–12 noon.

Parrs Bank Building

CRS Consultants
Dane Street, Northwich

Black and white timber framed building next to the River Dane. It was completely rebuilt and lifted several feet, by the present owners in the 1980’s.

A film and mini talk on “The Raising of the Parrs Bank Buildings”. Booking essential. Tel: 01606 271640.

Partially accessible, there is a small step.

  • Friday: 2pm & 3.30pm

The Plaza Cinema

Plaza Buildings, 151 Witton Street, Northwich

Grade II listed neoclassical style 1928 cinema. Cinema closed in the 1960’s; became a bingo hall until 2011. Visitors restricted to foyer and bar area but a fine view of ornate auditorium and stage.

There will be a small exhibition of photographs from old Northwich postcards. There will also be artwork for sale.

Partially accessible. There are steps to the front entrance- assistance can be provided for wheelchairs.

  • Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm

Victoria Club

John Street, Off Crum Hill, Northwich

Former Methodist Chapel circa 1842. Later became a Masonic Lodge. Detailed restoration undertaken over last three years. Building stands on original 1800’s foundations. Guided tour of building to include comprehensive description of renovations including photographs of restoration process.

Fully accessible.

  • Building open Saturday & Sunday: 10am-3pm


  • Saturday & Sunday: 11am & 1.30pm

Northwich Railway Station

Manchester Road, Northwich

Distinctive yellow brick station building on the Mid Cheshire line. The line opened on 1 January 1863 but the station building dates from 1897.

Display of local rail history by the Northwich 8E Association in the ticket office from 7 – 9 September.

Staffed Saturday 11am-1pm.

Saturday: Guided Rail Walk from Northwich station (lasts 1-2 hours). Please book. Ticket Office Fully accessible but the rail walk may not be.

  • Ticket office open: Thursday to Saturday: 9am-1pm, Saturday: 11am-1pm staffed.
  • Free guided walk: Saturday 2pm.

St. Helen’s Church, Northwich

Church Road, Northwich

Grade I listed, from 1350. “Oldest and most beautiful building in Northwich”: Pevsner. Magnificent oak panelled roof with carved and gilded bosses; stained glass windows by Kempe, Wailes and Gibbs; 1516 Tudor carving.

Short informal tours take place regularly. Just drop in. Volunteers on hand to provide information. Wheelchair access is good. Disabled parking only in church grounds. On street parking nearby. Toilets available but not wheelchair accessible.

  • Open: Friday: 2pm-8pm, Saturday: 9am-11.30am & 3pm-5pm

Weaver Hall Museum

162 London Road, Northwich

The building is the old Northwich Union Workhouse, Grade II listed, built 1837 -39. Displays explore workhouse life, local history and archaeology. The Board of Guardians meeting room is open to view.

Free admission on Saturday. Free Northwich local history talk with Phil Robinson on Saturday afternoon. Fully accessible. Lift to first floor. Free parking.

  • Open: Saturday 2pm-5pm
  • Free Local History talk Saturday: 3pm-4pm

Northwich Heritage Tour

Starting from: Swetenhams (Estate Agents), The
Bull Ring, Northwich

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. Walk is on town pavements. Booking essential Tel: 01606 271640.

  • Sunday: 11am & 2pm.

Film Show: Northwich 1943 -1967

Regalette Cinema, Weaver Hall Museum
162 London Road, Northwich

The Townscape Heritage Project for Northwich is hosting this special Film Show “Northwich 1943 -1967” for Heritage Open Days. Discovered in the North West Film Archive, lead artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi, and Brett Langston, edited and narrated these silent films. Includes early carnival and street scenes, 1960’s redevelopment and a royal visit.

Fully accessible. Museum café will be open before each film show. Free admission but booking essential.

  • Thursday: 3pm & 7pm


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