Visitors can take a behind-the-scenes look at Reigate and Banstead’s Town Hall as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.
The Reigate building is one of 21 venues across the borough participating in the national event, which allows free access to historic and unusual buildings. Locations are open at various times and dates between Thursday 10 and Sunday 13 September 2015. Walks, talks and activities feature as well as buildings.
At the Town Hall, open 11AM – 3PM on Saturday 12 September, visitors will be able to appreciate the building’s architecture and also see exhibits, such as the Mayor’s chains of office and local artefacts from World War I.
“Whether you’re fascinated by architecture or history or just curious to take a look inside your local town hall, it is well worth a visit,” said the Mayor, Cllr Mrs Joan Spiers. “The building which originally housed the fire and police stations and law courts, boasts some wonderfully ornate Art Nouveau features, beautiful stained glass windows, a collection of paintings by William Tatton Winter and many historic photographs.”
The World War I exhibition in one of the rooms will include period costumes and postcards. Guides will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions during the day. Young visitors can enjoy colouring activities, and refreshments will be available for a small donation in aid of the Mayor’s charities, The Royal British Legion and YMCA East Surrey. On-site parking (Castlefield Road, Reigate, RH2 0SH) will be free for visitors, and Reigate train station is a short walk away.
The venues in the borough featuring at various points as part of Heritage Open Days are:
- All Saints Church, Banstead
- Tadworth Court Mansion, Tadworth
- St Andrew’s Church, Kingswood
- Church of the Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood
- St Katharine’s Church, Merstham
- Redhill Centre For Local & Family History, Redhill
- Redhill History Walk, Redhill
- Gatton Park, Reigate
- Reigate Hill Fort, Reigate Hill
- Holmesdale Natural History Club Museum, Reigate
- Cranston Library, Reigate
- St. Mary Magdalene Church, Reigate
- St Philip’s Church, Reigate
- Reigate and Banstead Town Hall, Reigate
- Vintage Car Display, The Tunnel, Reigate
- Barons Cave, Castle Grounds, Reigate
- Heritage Tree Walk, Priory Park, Reigate
- Medieval Undercroft, Reigate
- The Heath Church, Reigate Heath
- Reigate Heath Mill Church, Reigate Heath
- Reigate Heath Walk, Reigate Heath
The local Heritage Open Days programme is co-ordinated by the Reigate Society and supported by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.