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Archive - Sunday, 19 August 2012
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See town’s heritage for free
LAST week the banner was lifted over Corsham High Street to announce the coming of Heritage Open Days in the town.
Organised by Cor-sham Civic Society, the Open Days are part of an annual series of nationwide events which aim to reveal hidden historical and architectural secrets.
Chairman Michael Rumsey, in his third year running Corsham Civic Society, said: “These are great events because they involve the whole community.”
Mr Rumsey cites his highlight as the opportunity to visit Hartham Park Chapel. Built by Victorian architect Philip Charles Hard-wick in the 1850s, it is run by a private trust and therefore rarely opened.
Other events include a talk by author Nick McCamley, whose book Secret Underground Cities details the mysterious history of the tunnels and ammunition depots under Corsham and Monkton Farleigh, as well as guided walks of both the town and St Bart’s Church.
The Heritage Open Days run from September 6-9. Free tickets can be acquired at Corsham Informa-tion Centre and a full programme of events can be found online at www.corsham-civic- society.co.uk