PARED back Heritage Open Days took place across South Warwickshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week,
Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne, was one of the buildings in the district, usually closed to the public, which opened its doors at the weekend.
The ‘time capsule’ workshops, where five generations of the Chedham’s family worked for over 150 years, have been preserved just as they left them when they downed tools for the last time in the 19th century.
The yard, in Church Walk, was brought back to life after winning the BBC Restoration village competition in 2006 and now offers an opportunity to discover a vanished rural way of life for lucky visitors.
During the Heritage Open Days there is a guided tour around the workshops, as well as the chance to have a go at putting together a cartwheel. Two short films about the history of the yard are also available to watch.
Guy’s Cliffe, a 5th Century, Grade II listed ruin, in Warwick also took part in the national event which runs until Sunday (September 18), as well as the Guild Hall in Henley.
Venues which decided to keep their doors shut in respect to the late Queen included the Guild Chapel in Stratford, while all Heritage Open events in Alcester have been cancelled.
For a full list of venues still participating and further information visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk