Open Doors (European Heritage Days) 2011
In 2011 Brecon will be taking part for the first time in ‘Open Doors’, the largest annual free celebration of architecture and heritage held in Wales. Open Doors gives members of the public free access to new and exciting aspects of our built heritage and modern buildings of good or interesting design. Brecknock Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm (no closure for lunch) and entry will be FREE. In addition, visitors are invited to sit in the courtroom and listen to a short talk about the history of the building and some of the trials that were held there. Talks start at 11am, 2pm and 4pm and will last approximately 15 minutes. Full details of all the buildings in Brecon that are taking part are available at www.powys.gov.uk/brecknockmuseum
The Open Doors Programme is the Welsh contribution to European Heritage Open Days Scheme. The Cathedral Library, housed in The Chapter Room – so called because it is ‘owned’ by the Dean and Chapter of Brecon Cathedral, is not normally open to the public. The Library holds many rare and valuable books including beautiful 16th Century Welsh and English Bibles. A curator will be on hand to answer any question from 11am until 1pm. The library is located within The Diocesan Centre within The Close. The Cathedral and Close are open as usual.
Below is a list of places, dates and contact details where visitors can go and visit.
Saturday 3—Sunday 11 September
Brecon Cathedral, Cathedral Close LD3 6DP
Cathedral Office: 01874 623857 www.breconcathedral.org.uk
Cathedral and Close open daily 8.30 – 6pm.
St David’s Church Newgate Street, Llanfaes Grid Ref 038283
Open daily 8.30am-6pm.
St Michael’s Roman Catholic ChurchSt Michael’s Street LD3 9AB – 01874 622046
Open daily 9am-5pm.
St Michael’s is a pretty Grade II listed church which was opened in 1851.
St Mary’s Church, Church lane LD3 7AS -01874 665400
Open daily including The Tower Café. Mon—Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sun 12-4.30pm.
Tuesday 6th and Friday 9th September
Brecon Guildhall, High Street LD3 7AL
Open 10am – 1pm
The Guildhall was first constructed in 1624 to be used as Brecon’s
seat of Local Government and has seen many internal structural changes
up to its present form of predominantly Victorian decor.
Friday 9th September
Brecon Cathedral, Chapter Room (Cathedral Library) open 11am–1pm
Housed in Diocesan Centre within Cathedral Close
Tower tours: 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm. Please note these may be booked in advance via Cathedral Office as numbers limited .
Specialist Guide available for Havard (Regimental) Chapel.
Saturday 10th September
Christ College, Bridge Street LD3 8AF
Guided tours at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. Meet in main car park. Christ College Brecon is home one to one of the best preserved medieval
working churches in the UK, built around 1250 by Dominican Friars. Guided
tours by the archivist of the chapel and two medieval dining rooms.
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery,Captain’s Walk LD3 7DS
Short talks in courtroom at 11am, 2pm and 4pm.
Open 10am-5pm. Free entry.
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery occupies the former Shire Hall which was built
in 1842 to house the Assizes Court and Quarter Sessions. Visitors are invited to
sit in the courtroom itself and listen to a short talk about the history of the building
and some of the trials that were held there.
The Plough Chapel, Lion Street
01874 623154, www.brecon.urc.org.uk Open 10am – 3pm.
The Plough Chapel is one of the oldest Non-Conformist congregations in Brecknockshire and has occupied its current site since the 1690s when it took over an old tavern/ale house. The building is unremarkable from the outside but its ‘high Victorian’ interior is simply stunning and is widely regarded as being one of the most significant chapel interiors in the country.
Brecon Presbyterian Church, The Watton LD3 7ED
01874 622827, www.breconpresbyterian.org.uk
Open 11am-3pm. Music and refreshments.
Built in 1867 as the main English-speaking Welsh Presbyterian church in the area.
Cantref Church (St Cynidr and St Mary), LD3 8LR (opposite Cantref Adventure Farm) Grid Ref 057255
01874 610010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 10.30am- 4.30pm; 7.30-9pm. Country Flower Festival, Refreshments, Old Photographs, Bats, Yew Trees.
3pm Short talk about the hill farming community: Susan Brook
(editor of Where We Belong II – A Life in the Beacons Then and Now)
8-9pm In the churchyard. Watch the rare Lesser Horseshoe Bats, timed for sunset so visitors should see and hear the bats as they begin their evening emergence and feeding.
Sunday 11th September
Open 12-4pm. Country Flower Festival, Refreshments, Old Photographs, Bats, Yew Trees.
4pm Evensong in the Beacons – a specially written service conducted by the Archdeacon of Brecon, Ven Randolph Thomas.