This year’s Heritage Open Weekend in Tameside focuses on stained glass and takes place from Thursday, September 10, to Sunday, September 13.
There are many examples of stained glass throughout Tameside in both secular and religious buildings. Twenty churches are opening their doors and the glass will range from the 15th century windows depicting St Helena at Ashton Parish Church, through the exquisite Burne-Jones work at St Thomas’s, Hyde, and Albion Church, Ashton, to the modern memorial window to actress Kathy Staff at St Mark’s, Dukinfield.
As an introduction to the weekend there will be a talk on stained glass at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton, at 11am on Saturday, September 12.
Heritage Open Weekend provides a rare chance to see inside buildings which are not usually open to the public or to see areas which are generally off limits.
Many churches will have their records on show as well as offering music and guided tours. In addition there are heritage walks in Millbrook and over Werneth Low.
On Saturday, September 13 there will be leading a tour of Hyde Town Hall, and on Sunday there is a rare chance to see inside Newton Hall, a medieval cruck-framed building off Dukinfield Road, Hyde.