Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - Events On Thursday 6th

Thursday 6th September

01 Wareham Town Pound
Open Day

Pound Lane, Wareham, BH20 4JZ
The Town Pound is situated at the western end
of Pound Lane at its junction with West Street
where it cuts through the West Saxon walls.
Please use public car parks.

The Pound is one of the many examples of
Wareham’s social history and forms part of the
Wareham Walls Walk, a leisurely stroll around
the Saxon Walls, built by King Alfred to protect
his people against the marauding Vikings. The
mediaeval Pound has been rejuvenated with the
addition of life-size animal artworks created by the
students of the Purbeck School, seating, planting
and improved access by Renaissance Developments,
and the installation of an interpretation board
telling the full story of the Pound.
Open daily, 9am to 5pm.

02 Wareham Walls Walk
Open Day

No Access
Care must be taken with children as some parts
are high and steep.
Begin at the Town Pound, Pound Lane,
Wareham BH20 4JZ
The Walls are best walked in a clockwise
direction beginning at Board 1, across West
Street from the Town Pound, in Streche Road
Car Park, BH20 4JZ
Please use public car parks.
Wareham’s Saxon Walls are the best remaining
example within the UK. The enjoyment of an
hour long stroll along the walls around the town
is now made even more informative with the
addition of seven interpretation boards. Each
board tells the story of the historical events that
took place on each of the seven locations, and
there is also a Wareham Walls Walk booklet,
priced at just £2, available from Discover Purbeck
within Wareham Library.
Open daily, 9am to 5pm.

03 The Minster Church of St Cuthberga including the Chained Library, Wimborne Minster
Open Day

Partial Access
Opening times may be restricted due to
funerals or other special services
Wheelchair access is via NE (St George’s)
Chapel door
High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HT
Situated in the centre of Wimborne.
Please use public car parks. King St is the nearest.
The Minster Church is steeped in history with
many interesting treasures and artefacts including
the Astronomical Clock, Quarter Jack, Man in the
Wall and Beaufort Tomb. There has been a place
of worship and pilgrimage on this site for over
1300 years and the present building dates from
about 1120.
The Chained Library, one of the earliest public
libraries in the UK, was founded in 1695. It is
accessed by a short spiral staircase and contains
over 400 volumes. (Limited opening times as
stated below)
The Minster is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am
to 5.30pm, and Sunday 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
(Sunday mornings for services only)
The Chained Library is open Tuesday to Friday
10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm and
Monday 2pm to 4pm.

04 The Guildhall, Lyme Regis
Open Day

Partial Access
The main chamber is up a flight of stairs but
there is a lift for anyone who cannot manage
stairs. An accompanying person will need to go
to the main chamber and ask the attendant to
arrange access.
The Guildhall, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis,
Dorset, DT7 3QA
The Guildhall is on the A3052 in the very centre
of the town.
Please use public car parks. There are long stay
car parks on the approach roads either side of
the town and some limited short stay parking in
the town centre.
The Guildhall can be dated to the Sixteenth
Century. The main chamber however, with
its curved ceiling and extensive panelling was
refurbished in 1887 by the same architect who
built the Philpot Museum.
Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Sunday 9th,
Thursday 13th, Sunday 16th, 10am to 5pm.

05 Silk Hay, Stalbridge
Bookable. Max No Allowed 12

Guided Tour
No Dogs No ChildrenNot NOrmally Open To The PublicNo Access
Full directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks.

Silk Hay is a substantial L-shaped Dorset stone
house, lovingly restored over a period of 30
years. Having inherited her mother’s house, Hilary
Townsend soon discovered there was more to it
than met the eye – a medieval hall house with a
Tudor extension, needing much attention. After
labouring over the renovation of this intriguing
house Hilary now welcomes those who are
interested in our heritage to learn about it. From
beautiful craftsmanship to medieval graffiti, the
story of this house is a powerful inspiration to
anyone who loves old buildings. There will be a
collection box in aid of Cancer Research UK
05/001 Thursday 6th 10am
05/002 Friday 7th 10am
05/003 Monday 10th 10am
05/004 Tuesday 11th 10am
05/005 Wednesday 12th 10am
05/006 Thursday 13th 10am
05/007 Friday 14th 10am

06 Swanage Town Hall
Open Day

No Dogs Partial Access
Access to the Council Chamber may be limited
if a wedding or meeting is taking place.
There is no wheelchair access and the Council
Chamber is up two flights of stairs.
High St, Swanage, BH19 2NZ
Please use public car parks.
NO on-site parking please.
The Town Hall, built in 1882, incorporates
the front of the Mercer’s Hall from Cheapside
in London, as designed by Edward Jarman, a
contemporary of Sir Christopher Wren, in 1668.
The interior, which is on view, includes the
foyer, staircase and council chamber, which is
still used for meetings. A small but interesting
collection of paintings of old Swanage is also on
Thursday 6th to Friday 14th, 10am to 1pm
& 2pm to 4pm. Closed Weekends.

07 Bucknowle Roman Villa Threshold Stones
Open Day

No Dogs Partial Access
Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden
Wareham Library, South Street, Wareham
BH20 4LR
(Wareham Library is situated at the bottom of
South Street, Wareham, and adjacent to the
Town Quay and River Frome)
Please use public car parks.

The Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones
were donated to Wareham Library in the 1970’s
and have been enhanced and better presented
to the viewing public by the Wareham & District
Development Trust supported by the Heritage
Lottery Fund.
All visitors will be given a FREE Bucknowle Roman
Villa leaflet, available from the Discover Purbeck
Information Centre desk within the Library.
Open daily, 10am to 5pm.
Closed Sunday 9th & 16th.

08 Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
New Event

Assistance Dogs Only Accompanied children onlyFull access
Pushchair parking area available as there are no
buggies or pushchairs allowed in the exhibition
Only 1 disabled parking space is available.
Please call Shire Hall to book it.
Shire Hall, High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1UY
Please use public car parks.

Behind the scenes tours of this historic
courthouse in the heart of Dorchester. Newly
refurbished and open again to visitors. There will
be a variety of creative and hands on activities for
all ages to enjoy.
Entry to the Museum itself is subjedct to the full entry charge of £8.50 every day except Sunday 16th when it will be free all day.
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th
to Sunday 16th, 10am to 4pm.

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

Full 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
reglazed 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-Hearts and
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 6th and Thursday 13th, 10am to 1pm
(Coffee Morning in the Church Hall 10.30am to

10 St. Andrew’s Church, Kinson
Church Open Day

Full access
Access may be restricted due to funerals or other
church services
For wheelchair access please park at roadside at
front of Church on Millhams Road and use level
St. Andrew’s Church, Millhams Road, Kinson,
Bournemouth BH10 7LN
Parking available on-site. Please drive past the
Church and park in the car park behind and use
inclined path to the Church.
Come and visit the oldest Church in
Bournemouth which has been extensively
refurbished recently. Late Norman tower, 13th
century chancel (restored 1875), nave and
aisles rebuilt 1894-95 by W.H. Romaine-Walker.
Inside there are a number of historic artefacts,
including a 13th century font, Hanoverian royal
arms on canvas, prayer boards, a clock installed
in memory of Queen Victoria in 1904, beautiful
stained glass windows, and a WW1 memorial
Monday to Friday, 10am to 12 noon
Saturday 8th & 15th, 11am to 3pm
On Thursday 6th & 13th visitors are also welcome
to attend the Church Service from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Thursday 6th September

11 Bridport Museum and Local History Centre
New Event

Partial Access
Bridport Museum has a lift and is fully accessible.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor of the
Local History Centre only. There is a small amount
of disabled parking at the Local History Centre,
please book a space in advance by contacting the
Bridport Museum, 25 South Street, Bridport, Dorset,
Local History Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RJ
Please use public car parks. The Museum and Local History Centre are no more than 10 minute’s walk from all town centre car parks.
Bridport Museum underwent a major
redevelopment in 2016-2017. Since opening
in May 2017, visitors have remarked on how
engaging, tactile and fun the new displays
are: from the town’s 800 year old rope making
heritage, to Jurassic Coast fossils and the
infamous hangman’s noose- the ‘Bridport Dagger.’
The building itself is mysterious and fascinating.
Grade II* Listed- the facade is Tudor, and
shows some original features. Known as the
‘Old Castle’, no one is quite sure what is was
originally built for.
The Local History Centre holds many unique
records that can be used to trace local and
family history. It’s free to use and there are many
knowledgeable volunteers on hand to assist!
There are rope making demonstrations at 11am
on Saturday 8th and Wednesday 12th.
Museum open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
and Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Closed Sundays.
Local History Centre open Thursday 6th, Tuesday
11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th, 10am
to 1pm and 2 to 4pm.

12 Bridport Town Hall
Open Day
Full access
Bridport Town Hall , East Street , Bridport DT6 3HA
The Town Hall is in the very centre of the town
at the junction of East, West and South Streets.
Daytime entrance to the Town Hall is normally
via the lift in the TIC on the south side of the
building in South Street . The Main door in East
Street, with stair access to the Town Hall, can be
opened on request of the TIC.
Please use public car parks. NO on-site parking.

A former courthouse, this listed Georgian Town
Hall holds the significant collection of paintings
by Fra Newbery (former Director of Glasgow
School of Art). The paintings depict aspects of
the town’s history, particularly the rope and
net industry. There is a small display of netting
artefacts. Memorabilia from HMS Bridport
(both ships) is also displayed. Audio Guides and
Children’s activities will be available.
Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Closed Sundays.

13 Blandford Town Museum
Open Day

Assistance Dogs Only Accompanied children only Partial Access
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
Bere’s Yard, The Market Place, Blandford
Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AZ
Please use public car parks.
The Museum holds a wealth of artefacts and
archives from prehistoric to the present day.
Exhibitions tell the story of Blandford and the
surrounding area. Exhibits include Military history,
Victorian life, Mediaeval and Georgian history,
school history and a model railway. There is a
model of the former Blandford Forum Station
which was featured in the February 2011 edition of
Railway Modeller. The Museum Victorian Garden
Club does a wonderful job tending the authentic
Victorian Garden producing both plants and jams
which are available to buy in the shop. FREE ENTRY
at all times to both Museum and Garden.
Open daily, 10am to 4pm.
Sundays 11am to 3pm only.

14 St Laurence Church, Upwey
Church Open Day

Partial Access
Access may be restricted due to funerals and
other church services.
No toilet facilities available.
The paths to the church are uneven with some
cracks. Wheelchair access is via the North Gate.
Church St, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QE
On A354 from Dorchester leave at Upwey
turnoff. Turn left and proceed South to the
B3159 Stottingway St, then onto Church St.
Church is at the end near Wishing Well.
Please use public car parks.
A 12th Century church with Tudor Rose wall
paintings and other wall paintings, a Jacobean
pulpit, a 12th Century font bowl (at the base of
the 15th Century North Arcade) and the beautiful
East Window with its 15th Century stained glass.
There are some Green Men to be found.
Open daily 10am to 4pm.

15 Lulworth Castle & Park
Open Day

Assistance Dogs OnlyDogs on leads
Dogs are permitted within the grounds
only and not inside the buildings with the
exception of assistance dogs.
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham,
Dorset, BH20 5QS
Parking available on-site but charges

Visit the Stunning Lulworth Castle & Chapel of
St Mary. Walk in the footsteps of Royalty as you
explore the 17th Century Castle. Discover the
stunning landscapes, beautiful 18th Century
Roman Catholic Chapel and unrivalled views
from the Castle tower. Enjoy the woodland walks
and children’s playground. Children can Hunt
the Bat in the Castle and Hunt the Squirrel in the
Refreshments available in the Castle Tearooms.
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th, 10.30am to 5pm.

16 St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford Forum
Open Day

Assistance Dogs OnlyAccompanied children onlyPartial Access
Please note that this is a “working” church –
open access may be restricted.
Partial Disabled Access. The church has seven
St Peter & St Paul’s Church, The Market Place,
Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD
A350 or A354 to Blandford Forum. On reaching
the ring road, follow signs to Blandford Town
Centre. The church is in the heart of the town
and cannot be missed!
Please use public car parks.
St Peter & St Paul (Grade 1 Listed) was rebuilt
following the Great Fire of Blandford (1731)
and reopened in 1739. Considered one of the
most important Georgian Churches outside
London, it was placed on the Historic England
‘At Risk’ register in 2012. At this time the
Cupola Project was launched: a £3.5 million
restoration, regeneration and re-ordering 7-10
year phased project. Following receipt of a
£25k grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the
Cupola was saved from collapse and beautifully
restored between 2015 & 16. Recognition
came from the National Churches Trust and The
Georgian Group. Improved access for wheelchair
users was completed in 2017. A second more
substantial grant application was submitted to
HLF in March 2018 to restore the roofs and repair
internal plasterwork. Internal display boards will
provide an update on “What Next?” Donations
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th
to Sunday 16th, 10.30am to 4pm.
Sundays only open from 12pm.

17 Beaminster Museum
Open Day

Partial Access
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd,
Beaminster, DT8 3NB
Please use public car parks

Beaminster Museum, situated in a converted
chapel, is the local history museum for
Beaminster and surrounding villages. Its
collection highlights historic families of the area
and displays objects and images associated with
local trades and schools. In particular it houses a
fine collection of agricultural tools and a working
church turret clock. There are also displays on
the fossils of nearby Horn Park National Nature
Reserve and life during Neolithic and Roman
Currently there are two temporary exhibitions:
‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’ looks at the local
traditions attached to the key life events of birth,
marriage and death; ‘145 Miles’, the distance
between Beaminster and London, explores the
historic links between the two places.
Thursday 6th, Saturday 8th, Tuesday 11th,
Thursday 13th, Saturday 15th, 10.30am to 4pm,
Sunday 9th and 16th, 2pm to 4.30pm.

18 Lulworth Castle & Park Tours
Guided Tour

Assistance Dogs OnlyDogs on leads
Dogs are permitted within the grounds only and
not inside the buildings with the exception of
assistance dogs.


Contact: Sarah Longman on 01929 400352 or
email Booking opens: 22nd
July at 9am. Booking closes: 7th September at 4pm.
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham,
Dorset, BH20 5QS

Visitors should meet at the main Castle 10
minutes before their tour time and will be
escorted to Lulworth Castle House by a member
of the team. Please be aware it is a 10 - 15
minute walk from the Castle.
Parking available on-site but charges apply.

Visit the Weld family home in the grounds of
Lulworth Castle.
Lulworth Castle House was completed in 1977
and is the family home of the Weld Family.
Sited on the old Castle gardens, it houses the
impressive Ince Blundell collection of pictures,
sculptures and furniture rescued from the 1929
fire at Lulworth Castle. Timed visits throughout
the day.
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th,11am to 4pm.

19 Church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs,
& St Ignatius
Open Day

Dogs on leadsPartial Access
Donations for upkeep are very welcome.
Partial Disabled Access. Wheelchair ramps into
church available.
North Road, Chideock, Bridport DT6 6LF.
Chideock is on the A35, 2 miles west of Bridport.
Turn into North Road by St Giles Parish Church
and the church is quarter of a mile along this
lane on the right with car park beyond.
Parking available on-site.
Built in 1874 by Charles Weld of adjoining
Chideock Manor, this delightful Grade II*
Italian Romanesque church is a gem of English
Catholicism. The church is the Shrine of the
Dorset Martyrs, a Marian Shrine, and has a small
museum attached showing local history and
village life through the ages. The Sacristy will be
open to view the wall paintings, the Fra Newbery
painting of the Chideock Martyrs and the site of
the original barn chapel where mass was held
secretly in penal times.
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th, Thursday 13th,
Friday 14th, Sunday 16th, 2pm to 4pm.

20 Weld Memorial Chapel
Open Day

Donations for upkeep are very welcome.
North Road, Chideock, Bridport DT6 6LF.
Chideock is on the A35, 2 miles west of Bridport.
Turn into North Road by Parish Church, the
Chapel is just beyond on the right.
Parking available on-site but is limited. Some
parking on lane, otherwise use shop car park
in centre of village.
This Grade II* Memorial (or Mortuary) Chapel
was built by Charles Weld of Chideock Manor
in 1852, in memory of his parents. It is built
in a cruciform style and is surrounded by a
cemetery which is no longer used. Inside the
wall paintings show rich artistic details of saints
and bible scenes, and are of considerable quality,
showing ideas that led to the Arts and Crafts
Movement. It is a rare example of a complete
mid-19th Century Mortuary Chapel.
Open daily 2pm to 4pm