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20 September 2019 - 22 September 2019
Friday 20 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
10am - 4pm & 1pm - 4pm
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard's Square
Every year in September, England’s largest voluntary cultural event returns as a celebration of local and national heritage. Co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and locally by Link4Life, Rochdale takes part by opening the doors to various historic buildings throughout the borough that are usually closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.
Local buildings full of history will be open and free to explore, many of which include differing age, style and function across the borough all with fascinating guided walks, tours and talks.
St Leonard's is an outstanding Grade I listed church dating from 1100, making it the oldest church building in the area. It is a Norman church, rebuilt in 1412 by local man Cardinal Thomas Langley, then Prince Bishop of Durham and increased in size by Richard Assheton in 1524.
Romanesque stone arch from 1100, memorial brasses - the best in the north of England (1500-1650) - carved rood screen 1524, Jacobean box pew of 1620, unique wooden steeple 1666, six of the eight bells from 1714, many outstanding stained glass windows, including the famous Flodden window of 1515, a Boar War memorial window and two arts and crafts windows by Christopher Whall.
No booking required.
Full tour of the building takes approximately 1 hour but can be tailored to suit visitors.
Entry fee: Free
0161 643 2693
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