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Heritage Open Days - Horse Carrs

19 September 2019 - 22 September 2019

Thursday 19 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
10.30am - 4pm & 1pm - 4pm

Horse Carrs
Shawclough Road
OL12 6LG


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.

This exhibition presents the on-going story of Horse Carrs as it continues to serve the local community and includes archival displays on Horse Carrs, The Watson Family, and The West Street Baptist Church.

Horse Carrs, built in 1865, celebrates its 154th year this year and was originally built as the family home of the Silk Mill Manufacturer, Thomas Watson, who was also a benefactor to the town of Rochdale.

Visit the building and talk to our historian about the history of the Watson family and the building, view the pictorial history of the building to current date and enjoy a PowerPoint presentation of the Watson Family in addition to various items of related archival material.

The Exhibition also includes an Archival Display featuring Miss Frances Marion Watson who was a Missionary to China from West Street Baptist Church, Rochdale and an overview of the History of the West Street Baptist Church (the 1st Baptist Church in Rochdale), which is now known as 'Open Door' and resides within Horse Carrs.

There will also be a Dolls House Display exhibited by the Whibleys Dolls House Club featuring a 6ft diorama of a 1950's/60's Holiday Camp - "Hi-De-Hi".

Opening Times:

  • Thursday 19 September: 1030-1600
  • Friday 20 September: 1030-1600
  • Saturday 21 September: 1300-1600
  • Sunday 22 September: 1300-1600

No booking required. Max 25 people per tour/session, lasting approx 1 hour.

Entry fee: Free

Contact: Horse Carrs
01706 345477

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