A number of Heritage open days are running this weekend (9th & 10th Sept) across Taunton and include Gray’s Almshouses, Mecca Bingo (Gaumont Theatre), Otterhead Estate & the South Quantock Heritage Trail.
It’s your chance to have a look into Taunton’s past and see some of the history.
Gray’s Almshouses in East Street were founded in 1635 to provide apartments, livelihood, worship and education for single women. It now offers sheltered accommodation for pensioners. Many original features have been retained, including the chapel.
Tours around Mecca Bingo in this architecturally beautiful old theatre/cinema, 1930s Art Deco is open on the Sunday only with tours every 20 minutes from Foyer. The building initially opened 11th July 1932 as the Gaumont Palace ‘Super Cinema’ with Sunshine Susie. Has been a bingo club since 1981 and the building was grade 2 listed in November 1995.
At the Otterhead Estate guided walks will be given including sites of the lost house, gardens and the lakes. The guided walks are on Saturday 9th September 2017 1000-1200 & 1400-1600. Postcode TA3 7EE.
The South Quantock Heritage Trail is based around the South Quantock churches at West Monkton, Kingston St. Mary, Broomfield & Cheddon Fitzpaine near Taunton, you have an opportunity to ‘Ride & Stride’ in aid of Somerset Churches Trust and one of the 4 churches (you will need sponsors), and/or take part in walks , cycle rides or car visits with the launch of our new Heritage Trail leaflets, maps and family guides.
More details can be found on all 4 events if you click HERE
Image courtesy of Heritage Open Days.