SIX of Wigan’s hidden gems will be opened to the public free of charge next week to allow the borough’s rich history to be explored.
As part of The Heritage Open Days 100 tourist hotspots across Greater Manchester will open their doors, and among the attractions in Wigan are Trencherfield Mill Engine, the Museum of Wigan Life, Damhouse and All Saints Church in Hindley.
Christ Church in Leigh will also welcome visitors as well as the Leigh For All activities that link the Turnpike Centre, Leigh Town Hall and Leigh Parish Church.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Coun Chris Ready, said: “We are really proud to be taking part in this series of Heritage Open Days.
“Our borough has a long, rich and exciting history that stretches back to before the Romans and has played its part in virtually every major era of British History and it’s amazing what tales from the past you can find right on your own doorstep.
“The Wigan story continues as the borough continues to grow and develop but we believe it is important to celebrate our heritage.
“There can be no better starting point for this than the Museum of Wigan Life, which is taking part in the open day, and the breathtaking scale of the Trencherfield Mill Engine really does have to be seen up close to be appreciated.
“We hope many residents of the borough and visitors take advantage of this special occasion and hopefully it will encourage people to start a journey of finding out more about the wonderful Wigan borough story.”
The venues will be open between September 8 until 11 and a number of churches will also be opened to the public, including St Wilfrid’s, Standish, Wigan Parish Church, St James, Poolstock, St Andrews, Springfield, St John the Divine, Pemberton. St Catherine, Scholes, St George, Riverway and Park Lane Unitarian Chapel.
The aim of the days, which will run from September 8 until 11, is to celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples.
It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.
For more information on the days visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk