Heritage Open Days:

Skipton Civic Society has arranged four events for national Heritage Open Days. This year the national event from September 7 to 10 has a theme of Nature and Heritage, and two events will celebrate this. Watermills and Woods on Saturday 11am is a guided walk from Coach Street open space (by the bridge) into Skipton Woods to find out more about the local industrial heritage of woods, quarries, mills, leats, ponds, weirs, tramway and canal. The Old Grammar School guided walk on Sunday will be to The Wilderness open space and the old Ermysted grammar school buildings in Newmarket Street, with conservation expert Sue Wrathmell. Meet at Craven Court shopping centre entrance, High Street 2.30pm. Both walks are free and are about ninety minutes. On Friday only, historic Christ Church on Keighley Road will open their doors from 10.30am to 4pm with a warm welcome, cups of tea and someone to tell you more about this lovely building designed by Chantrell, probably the first ever Victorian church. Guided tours at 11am and 2pm of church, churchyard and crypt. An exhibition of photographs “Skipton Then and Now” will be at the Mill Bridge Gallery (opposite the Castle Inn) opening Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday and continuing on September 14 to 16. “Then” photographs were taken by the Watkinsons in 1950-1980 and “now” photographs of the same sites by members of Skipton Civic Society.

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