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Everything you need to know to enjoy village life


Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise Heritage Open Days’ to celebrate our fantastic history and culture all of which are FREE. It’s England’s largest festival of this kind and it’s your chance to see hidden places and gain new experiences.

This year NORTHOWRAM is hosting its own event when Northowram Historical Society, in collaboration with Heywood Church, will give you a flavour of some of the intriguing people and places associated with historic Northowram.

The event is to be held at Heywood Church‘s grade 2 listed building and is on the weekend of 11th and 12th September.

The exciting programme includes:

An illustrated talk (booking required) listen to a few fascinating stories about local residents.  Hear about the Northowram man transported to Australia for a crime committed in Shibden Valley, as well as the man who murdered his pregnant wife and Halifax’s last town crier.
A ‘Then and Now’ slide showconsider lots of enthralling old photographs of the Northowram area and compare them to the same views today. Everyone can recognise the village fish and chip shop today but what did ‘Ye Olde Fish and Chip Shop’ look like nearly 100 years ago. Also, do you know where the Crown Brewery was and what it is today.
A graveyard tour (booking required) explore this fascinating site in a short, guided tour. Hear the history for yourself – from the remnants of the first church built over 350 years ago, to some of the occupants in the graveyard.  Did you know Heywood has a gangster, millionaires and relatives of a 1970’s pop star, as well as an unmarked plot with many child graves?
An exhibition featuring the dissenting minister Oliver Heywood and many of the local buildings associated with Heywood.

Full Programme

Saturday, 11th September (1.00pm to 4.00pm)

Graveyard tours at 1.00pm and 3.30pm (half an hour max each)
Illustrated talk at 2.00pm in the Church (1 hour)
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Sunday, 12th September (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Graveyard tours at 1.00pm and 3.30pm (half an hour max each)
Illustrated talk at 2.00pm in the Church (1 hour)

The ‘Then and Now’ slide show and the Exhibition can be viewed any time between 1.00pm and 4.00pm each day in the school room below the Church.  Light refreshments will also be available here.

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