Crowds come to see area’s heritage for free

Heckington Church, Heritage Open Day. From left - Lesley Pinchbeck, Chris Cullen and Michael Cullen looking at the South Porch. EMN-150914-140115001

Heckington Church, Heritage Open Day. From left - Lesley Pinchbeck, Chris Cullen and Michael Cullen looking at the South Porch. EMN-150914-140115001

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This year’s Heritage Open Days have been hailed a huge success with visitor figures said to be up.

The countywide scheme saw over 100 special openings and events take place across four days (Thursday to Sunday), giving free access to properties usually off limits or which normally charge an entry fee. There were tours and historical lectures too, linking to this year’s theme of the Tudors.

Heritage Open Day at Sempringham Church. Members of Pointon and Sempringham Church council L-R Patsy King, Maria Fryer, Chris Lambert and Keith King. EMN-150914-140418001

Heritage Open Day at Sempringham Church. Members of Pointon and Sempringham Church council L-R Patsy King, Maria Fryer, Chris Lambert and Keith King. EMN-150914-140418001

Beverley Gormley, cultural events officer at Heritage Lincolnshire, said so far everyone had been saying that visitor numbers were up on last year’s total of 26,000. There were around 200 people joining in the Knight’s Trail and looking around the Temple Bruer Preceptory Tower and St Andrew’s Church at Heckington opened for the event for the first time.

She paid tribute to the army of over 700 volunteers who made the event possible and said: “Next year the theme is Natural Lincolnshire, so we are hoping to get more of the usual attractions plus different organisations like the RSPB, Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust for more natural history.”

Heckington Church, Heritage Open Day. From left - Rachel Sergeant and Lynda Sergeant of Heckington. EMN-150914-140127001

Heckington Church, Heritage Open Day. From left - Rachel Sergeant and Lynda Sergeant of Heckington. EMN-150914-140127001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. L-R Janet Clay and Joyce Dixon of Sleaford looking at the chapel organ. EMN-150914-140529001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. L-R Janet Clay and Joyce Dixon of Sleaford looking at the chapel organ. EMN-150914-140529001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. Barbara Marriage - Almhouses chapel guide. EMN-150914-140355001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. Barbara Marriage - Almhouses chapel guide. EMN-150914-140355001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. EMN-150914-140505001

Heritage Open Day at Carre Street Almhouses chapel, Sleaford. EMN-150914-140505001

Welbourn Forge was open for the Heritage Open Days weekend. EMN-150914-180056001

Welbourn Forge was open for the Heritage Open Days weekend. EMN-150914-180056001