SEP 00] HERITAGE OPEN DAYS NEWS
Thousands Enjoy Heritage Weekend
year’s Heritage Open Days has been a resounding success, with a huge
increase in visitors to Coventry’s historic buildings.
Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions believe up to 50 per cent more
visitors came the 12 buildings that were open at the weekend.
the amount of people looking at the attractions has proved difficult
because they are all open for free, and people can walk around them as
often as they like.
tour guides in St Mary’s Guildhall recorded 2,300 people coming
through the door – an increase from 1,500 last year.
event, sponsored by CWN, was bigger than last year, with new buildings
opening including Kirby House, Cheylesmore Manor, Drapers Hall and St
Mary’s church in Wyken.
co-ordinator Hilary Hopker said;
highlights were those buildings that had additional things
happening. We had a string quartet playing Drapers Hall and a
medieval musician in St Mary’s Guildhall.
a lot of people managed to get out to Wyken, and a lot of people
living near the church took the opportunity to have a look
of a history walk in Spon End also reported a success, with over 100
people taking part.
was put on by the Spon End Forum and was led by local historian Mark
Cook, who had expected about 40 people.
huge public response to the last two walks shows the need for
funding for regular activities of this kind.”
Noble of the Spon End Forum said;
have a strong sense of local identity in Spon End. This historic
area has a special character of its own and it is one that Spon End
people are proud to be associated with".
walk followed the route of the River Sherbourne between the Sky Dome
and Spon Bridge through Spon End and also included the area around
highlighted over 800 years of the areas history including the
mediaeval Crow Moat and St Christophers Chapel as well as the local
industries of cloth trades, ribbon weaving, watchmaking and cycles.
who missed the walk can find information about Spon End history on the
Spon End Community website at www.sponend.org.uk/history
Spon End Forum would also like to hear from anyone with information or
pictures of the area or from anyone who would be happy to help
resurrect the Spon End History Group.
can email the Spon End Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org
, telephone forum chair, Colin Walker on 024 7663 2123 or write to it
c/o NW Area Co-ordination Office, Radford Fire Station, Coventry CV1