History opens its door

EXPLORE: The grounds of Bank Hall, Bretherton, will be on show next month
EXPLORE: The grounds of Bank Hall, Bretherton, will be on show next month
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Historic secrets of the North West will be revealed next month.

And Chorley will again be taking part as this year’s Heritage Open Days celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Among the venues are St George’s Church, Chorley town centre and Bank Hall, Bretherton.

St George’s Church, open on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, has taken on the theme, “St George’s and World War One”.

There will be a special exhibition, including memorabilia loaned by the congregation and community, in addition to talks on “St George’s War and Change” (Friday 11am) and “Servicemen’s Stories” (Saturday 11am).

The new memorial book will be launched after Saturday’s talk and Gordon Blackledge will present an appropriate organ recital at noon the same day.

The bell ringing experience will be especially poignant, as the bells are St George’s memorial to the fallen of the war. There will also be the opportunity to view the chancel much as it was in 1914, with the art heritage at the east end fully displayed.

As always, the 19th century registers and church’s literary treasures will be available for inspection, along with the recently dedicated archive cupboard, and new photoquiz “Mystery Angles on St. George’s”.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

You can explore the grounds of Bank Hall, a Jacobean manor house on Sunday, September 14, from noon to 4.30pm.

The gardens include Lancashire’s oldest yew tree and specimen trees from Legh Keck’s - who died at the hall in 1860 - arboretum, one of which is a fallen giant redwood, one of only two known in the UK.