Discover the hidden heritage behind Bedfordshire’s most iconic buildings

Bromham Mill.
Bromham Mill.

Discover the hidden stories behind some of Bedfordshire’s most iconic buildings and places at a series of special free events celebrating the county’s local heritage during Heritage week.

From Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13, local heritage properties will throw open their doors as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days events.

Stevington Windmill.

Stevington Windmill.

Tours, walks and talks will provide a unique insight into the foundations of Bedfordshire.

Events include free archaeological walks around Bedford town centre, peeks behind the scenes at Stevington Windmill and Bromham Mill, along with a treasure hunt through archive material relating to 1 to 4 St Pauls Square.

For those would -be detectives, learning about past crimes in Willington at Willington Dovecote may entice you.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson said “There are an array of fantastic buildings and historic sites across the local area. Each of the locations involved in Heritage Week has its own fascinating story and this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local history and our historical landmarks.

“These events are free to attend so I hope lots of people will be able to take a look behind the scenes and discover some of the stories that have become part of our local heritage.”

Forthcoming events:

>Archive Treasure Hunt: The Secrets of 1-4 St Paul’s Square

The Old Council Chambers, Old Town Hall, St Paul’s

Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Thursday 10th: 10am to 4pm

>St Paul’s Church: Heritage Exhibitions & Bike ‘n Hike

St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th: 10am to 4pm; Saturday 12th: 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday 13th: 2pm to 4pm

>Hidden History: An Archaeological Amble around Bedford Town Centre

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD

Friday 11th: 11am until midday (max 15 people)

Contact: 01234 718618 / thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk

>The Panacea Museum: Film Screenings & Tours

9 Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th: 10am to 4pm.

Film screenings held at 2pm each day (max 30 people)

Contact: 01234 353178 / museum@panaceatrust.org

>John Bunyan Museum & Bunyan Meeting: Pilgrim’s Progress Exhibition

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th: 11am to 4pm

>Foster Hill Road Cemetery: An interesting place to find out about the past

The Gatehouse, Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Saturday 12th: 11am to 4pm (registers only)

Sunday 13th: 1pm to 5pm (guided walks)

>Bromham Mill & Café: Guided Tours

Bridge End, Bromham, Bedfordshire, MK43 8LP

Saturday 12th: Open 10am to 4pm

Tours 1pm & 2.30pm

>Stevington Windmill: See how it works

2 Windmill Lane, Stevington, Bedfordshire, MK43 7QZ

Sunday 13th: 2pm to 4pm

>Moot Hall: Step into the World of John Bunyan

Church End, Elstow, Bedfordshire, MK42 9XT

Saturday 12th: 1pm to 4pm

>Willington Dovecote & Stables: Crime in Willington in the Past

Church End, Willington, Bedfordshire, MK44 3PX

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 1pm to 5pm

>Ridgmont Train Station - Heritage Centre, Exhibitions & Tea Rooms

Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 10am to 4pm

Contact: 01525 287121/ www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk

>Moggerhanger Park: House Tours

Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, MK44 3RW

Thursday 10th: Tours 11.30am & 2pm (Tours last 50 minutes. Max 20 per tour)

>Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt

Church Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2AU

Sunday 13th: 3pm to 5pm

>Queen Anne’s Summerhouse

The Warren, Shuttleworth Estate, Old Warden,

Bedfordshire, SG18 9EB

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 10am to 4pm

>St John the Baptist Church: Views from the Tower and Guided Tours

Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire, SG19 2EA

Saturday 12th: 11am to 4pm.