Residents chance to discover local history

Published: 5 Sep 2012 22:301 comment

The stunning former home of Henry VIII's first wife will be open to the public this Saturday as part of Heritage Open Days. Catherine of Aragon lived at Easthampstead Park mansion, in Peacock Lane, Bracknell, for many years after the Tudor king exiled her.

The stunning former home of Henry VIII's first wife will be open to the public this Saturday as part of Heritage Open Days.

Catherine of Aragon lived at Easthampstead Park mansion, in Peacock Lane, Bracknell, for many years after the Tudor king exiled her.

Two tours around the magnificent Grade II listed, Jacobean-style building will take place at 10am and 11am.

The full list of Heritage Open Days in the area is:

Thursday September 6

St Michael and Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead, RG12 7ER (a historic church with stained glass windows from famous Victorian designers), will be open 11am-4pm

Artefacts from Sandhurst's history on display at Sandhurst Community Hall, Yorktown Road, GU47 9BJ, 11am-6.30pm

Warfield Heritage Walk. Meet at Folly Frost car park, Wellers Lane, 4.30pm (finishes at 6.30pm).

Friday, September 7

St Michael and All Angels Church, Lower Church Road, Sandhurst, GU47 8HN, open noon-2pm (there was a chapel on site from 1220 with the existing one built in 1853).

St Michael and Mary Magdalene Church, Easthampstead, open 11am-4pm (see details above).

Saturday, September 8

St John the Baptist Church, Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7PB (church dates from 1873), open 10am-6pm

Tours of Easthampstead Park mansion, Peacock Lane, Wokingham RG40 3DF, at 10am and 11am

St Michael and Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead, open 10am-4pm (see details above).

Picnic in the park at Pope's Meadow, St Marks Road, Binfield RG42 4AY, 1pm-3pm. Booking is required on 01344 354441 or email rangers@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

South Hill Park grounds and mansion, Birch Hill, Bracknell, RG12 7PA, open 4.30pm-7pm. There will be a tour around the grounds at 4.30pm and tour of the mansion at 6pm.

Sunday, September 9

St Michael and Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead open 11am-4pm (see details above).

Historical artefacts from Crowthorne and Wokingham will be on display at St Sebastian's Memorial Hall, Crowthorne, RG40 3BA, from 11am-4pm

St John the Baptist Church, Crowthorne, open 1pm-6pm (see details above).

Newbold College Gardens, St Mark's Road, Binfield, RG42 4AN, open 2-5pm.

Lily Hill Park history walk at 2pm, meeting in themain car park off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX, (finishes at 4pm).

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