A decade since the community came together to save one of Coventry’s most beautiful medieval buildings has been marked by a special weekend to reveal the progress of the grand conservation project.
In 2011, the Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust was launched – which became Historic Coventry Trust four years later – to save Charterhouse from London Road as well as other historic buildings in the city.
The £ 8million transformation of Charterhouse – which is one of the country’s nine Carthusian monasteries – involves the preservation of its unique medieval and Elizabethan murals, and the creation of a new 70-acre Charterhouse Heritage Park .
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To celebrate the past ten years, Historic Coventry Trust is organizing a Charterhouse Heritage Park weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September.
Visitors are welcome to come throughout the weekend between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to explore Charterhouse Heritage Park and listen to conversations about the site’s restoration stories.
Helmet tours can be booked to see the Charterhouse and its gardens, which are currently undergoing full restoration.
This will be an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the Anglican Chapel designed as part of the Joseph Paxton Arboretum Cemetery on London Road, as well as influence plans for a new wetland and help Historic Coventry Trust to decide where to plant new trees for ‘Blossom Together’ which is a new community planting action in partnership with the National Trust.
Plus, visitors can try out heritage arts and crafts, enjoy a family yoga session in the Nook Wellness Tent, or eat delicious coffee and cake.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on September 11, there will be a community twilight picnic with local musicians serenading guests and tickets are available to watch Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed by famous theater group The Three Inch Fools. .
Geoff Willcocks, Vice President of Historic Coventry Trust, said: “The Charterhouse Heritage Park weekend will be a wonderful way to celebrate with the local community the accomplishments of the past ten years and look forward to the next decade in the life of the Charterhouse. Heritage Park. This green lung of the city will host many activities and events in the months and years to come and the Weekender will offer a taste of it. “
The Charterhouse Heritage Park weekend will be followed by the Historic Coventry Trust which will open some of Coventry’s finest historic buildings as part of pre-booked guided tours during Heritage Open Days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday 18 September and Sunday, September 19.
The two remaining medieval city gates remained closed to the public for many years despite their prime location in Lady Herbert’s Garden and their importance in Coventry history. Visitors will be able to get a thrilling first glimpse of the recently restored medieval gatehouses before they open to the public as holiday accommodation by participating in tours bookable on September 18.
Historic Coventry Trust also opens for the first time on September 19 the recently restored 15th century Lychgate Cottages at 3-6 Priory Row in the city center, showing the transformation into luxury vacation accommodation.
Drapers ‘Hall was built in 1832 as social halls for the Coventry Drapers’ Company, which moved in 1960. There will be an exclusive helmet tour for visitors on September 19 to view this impressive building as restoration is underway. almost finished in an intimate venue for music and musical education.
For all pre-booked guided tours during the Charterhouse Heritage Park weekend and to purchase tickets for the Community Picnic or Outdoor Theater Show as well as pre-booked guided tours to Historic Coventry properties Trust during Heritage Open Days, please visit https://www.historiccoventrytrust.org.uk/whats-on/
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