Thursday 19th September

54 Deans Court
Bookable -
Event Full
Guided Tour

No dogs allowed.
No children allowed.
No photography allowed.
No disabled access.
Not normally open to the public.
Admission strictly to holders of valid tickets.
There is no entry to the grounds on the day
for anyone without a valid ticket.
Full directions and meeting point available
on ticket.
Please use public car parks
The tour brings to life the 1,300 year story of
a manor house at the centre of a rural English
community, as it passed from the Saxon and
Medieval Church to a family of adventurers,
politicians and soldiers who have occupied it
for nearly 500 years. As visitors are led through
the house, the triumphs and tragedies of the
inhabitants are revealed using the long run of
portraits, while architecture, taste and social
history are explored en-route. The tour of the
ancient gardens provides much to delight
the eye, from the monastic fishpond, herb
garden and mature specimen trees to the
serpentine walls around the flourishing kitchen
Event Full

55 Melbury House
Bookable - Max No Allowed 20
This event is not bookable via the DAHW Booking Office.
To book, please email

Guided Tour

Assistance Dogs only.
Cameras welcome.
Full disabled access. The tour takes place on
the Ground Floor only but there is a gravelled
drive to access the house.
Melbury House, Melbury Sampford,
Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0LF
For satnav please use the postcode DT2 0LW
Parking available on-site

Supervised limited tour of part of the house and
contents including the entrance hall, saloon,
square drawing room, dining room and long
drawing room.
Visits to Melbury Church permitted if requested
in advance. Tours lasts approx. 1 hour.
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, 10am and 2pm

56 Morgan Carey Architects –
Open Studio in Converted Railway Goods Shed
Open Day

No dogs allowed.
Photography at discretion of Group Leader
Not normally open to the public.
Please note that many documents and
projects in the studio will be confidential so
please ask before taking photographs.
Morgan Carey Architects, The Goods Shed,
Sandford Lane, Wareham, BH20 4DX
Please report to reception and a member of the
team will show you around
Parking available on-site
A chance to see a working Architects Practice in
full swing and visit their converted railway goods
shed studio. This is a working office and we will
be busy so please do not be offended if you are
left to look around on your own!
Thursday 19th, 10am to 4pm

57 Richmond Hill St Andrew’s
United Reformed Church
Church Open Day

Full disabled access.
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6JJ
(Pedestrian entrance also from Bourne Avenue,
opposite corner from Town Hall)
Parking available on-site
This ‘Cathedral of Congregationalism’, as it was
once known, mainly dates from 1891, designed
by local architectural practice Lawson & Donkin in the classic Gothic style and, able to seat over 1000, has probably the largest capacity of any church in the town. Following the First World War, the magnificent South Window was re-glazed in stained glass by the renowned firm Clayton & Bell in memory of the 24 members of the congregation who died in the War. The two main themes of the window are Bunyan’s Pilgrims’ Progress, and Sir Galahad and the quest for the Holy Grail: ‘They were Great-Heartsand Helps these lads of ours’.
Particular features of the church are the concentric pews in the front half of the church, which give it a particular intimacy and warmth; and the large painting of the ‘Good Shepherd’ central to the apse.
Also worth seeing is the 1950’s St Andrew’s
Chapel, complete with its stained glass
windows, one of which is Holman Hunt’s ‘The
Light of the World’.
Thursday 19th, 10am to 1pm.
(Coffee Morning in the Church Hall
10.30am to 11.15am)

Thursday 19th September

Additional Event
Arts and Crafts Free Byzantine Style Church
Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church, 104A Bournemouth Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9HY
The church is a large red brick building by the traffic lights on the intersection of Bournemouth Road and St Osmund Road.

Bus lines M1 and M2 have stops within a short distance of the church, and a small car park is available on the south side of the building, accessible via Florence Road.
Shorts, mini-skirts and skimpy tops are not appreciated, but shawls and sarongs are available. Feel free to take photographs.
Max 10 people per tour. Tour lasts about 45 minutes. No pre-booking required.

Experience the extraordinary architecture of the only Byzantine style Arts & Crafts basilica in the UK.
A guided tour will provide in-depth information about the building, its inception and construction, its artworks and its continued use and restoration programme.
The unique building (according to Heritage England it is a one-of-a-kind in Great Britain) has much to offer for art lovers as well as for fans of early 20th-century British architecture,
and for those interested in early Christianity in the British Isles.
By E. S. Prior and Arthur Grove, 1913-1916; G. A. V. Livesay for the east end; in Simon Jenkins England's thousand best churches the west end is described
as a "masterpiece of eclecticism, with Frankish turrets, Lombard arcading, Saxon patterning, above a shallow Art Nouveau arch of terracotta with a vine trail moulding.
" Works of art by MacDonald and Eric Gill, William Bainbridge Reynolds and others.
A photographic report on the surveys carried out as a preliminary to the first phase of restoration will also be on display.
All are welcome during the Sunday morning Liturgy.
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, 10am to 4pm. Tours every hour from 11am
Saturday 21st, 10am to 5pm. Tours every hour between 11am and 2pm
Sunday 22nd, 12.30pm to 5pm. Tours every hour from 1pm

58 Grade II Listed Inner
Breakwater and Fort, Portland Port
Bookable -
Event Full
There will be no re-let of cancelled tickets available for this event after the initial ballot for security reasons.
New Event - Guided Tour
No dogs allowed.
Photography at discretion of Group Leader.
No disabled access. Unfortunately due
to the terrain wheelchair access is not possible.
Not normally open to the public.
Visitors should be aware that they are
visiting a secure operational commercial
port therefore strict health, safety and
security procedures will apply and they
should remain with their guide at all times
and take instructions accordingly.
Full details will be available on the ticket.
Visitors should come prepared for lots
of walking on rough terrain and will be
outdoors at all times so dress appropriately
for weather conditions of that day.
Portland Port. Meeting point available on ticket.
Parking available on-site. Car registrations must
be provided when booking if bringing a vehicle

The period 1837 to 1890 saw the construction
of the original naval port at Portland, Dorset.
It was to provide a Harbour of Refuge and
Coaling Station for the Steam Navy. It’s historic
interest comes from it being the first safe
anchorage specifically designed to create a
harbour of refuge to replenish the navy’s fleet
of steam-driven warships; the importance of
mid-19th Century coaling shed is the history
of the mechanised fuelling of ships; fortification
of the breakwaters in response to the 1859
Royal Commission on the Defence of the United
Kingdom, a nationally important period of
England’s military history; subsequent adaptation
to the fortifications to keep pace with advancing
military tactics and technology. Portland Port,
an important deep water commercial port and
maritime industrial centre on the South Coast,
are providing an opportunity to visit the Inner
Breakwater and Fort which formed part of this
Grade II listed early development. The area is
normally closed to the public for health, safety and security reasons. Your expert guide Gordon
Le Pard, formerly an archaeologist with Dorset
County Council and author of ‘Shipwrecks of
the Dorset Coast’, will take you on a tour along
the Inner Breakwater and into the Pierhead
Fort talking you through these great structures
and their history, past, present and future
with fascinating stories about why they were
built, their use and the maritime history of the
Event Full

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