Barford Shepherdhut and photo archive open days

 

Early September is the time for the annual Heritage Open Days for historic buildings across the UK and this year will see our entire village situated in picturesque Norfolk getting involved, as well as the our own Shepherd's hut of course, and the Historic Shepherd Hut archive. We will be holding a special Huttists day on the Sunday, and invite everyone with a Shepherds hut to join us for the day

WW1 Community Heritage Festival 13th-14thSeptember

The Barford History and Community Group in conjunction with the National Heritage Open Day Scheme will be hosting the WW1 Community Heritage Festival on the 13-14thof September between 10.00-16.00

Five historic buildings will be open to  the public displaying a range of artefacts relating to the impact of the First World War on rural communities.

In addition, the 'Pop up Big Breakfast' will be in action on the Sunday from 9.30-12.00.

Ample parking is available at the Barford village hall, St Botolph's church and the Barford Cock Inn. A variety of exhibits can be seen at:

The village hall, where displays associated with the village, and related family histories appertaining to 1914-18 will be exhibited. The Norfolk regiment and the Norfolk Yeomanry are attending with original artifacts including uniforms, weapons, medals etc, and it is hoped that many other groups, schools and individuals will join in too. A reproduction of a period Tearoom will also serve cream teas and appropriate beverages from the era.

St Botolph's church will host displays regarding the social background and faces behind the names on so many local village war memorials. Their loss would have been a massive impact not just to the family, but a devastating blow to their home village. Additional audio and visual displays provided by BBC Radio Norfolk and the IWM archive will provide poignant reminders of the direct impact of the conflict on our region. It is hoped to hold a remembrance service in the Church first thing on the Sunday morning, in memory and respect to the fallen and the families that suffered because of the conflict

The Barford Cock Inn throughout the weekend will be transformed into an authentic  WW1 Army recruitment station. Oil lamps, candles and period features topped off with WW1 themed entertainment on Sat evening will add to the atmosphere, with ration books sold on door and old pennies used to buy food and drink. Steam engines and horses/ pony and traps as the preferred mode of transport. The Wymondham heritage museum are providing displays relating to the local Red Cross society WW1 hospital and the UEA East Anglian film archive are supporting the event, with the film 'Zeppelins over Norfolk'

Clearview Adjacent to one of the former village Blacksmith's will host a display of WW1 era working farm machinery, along with a collect of tools and vintage cars.

The Old Shepherd's hut, formerly a home for a German POW and chosen as number 6 in BBC's History of the world in 100 objects, it is now home to the National Shepherd Hut archive and will have a display of the many agricultural engineering companies, so crucial in supporting farming throughout both world wars. In addition, Richard King will have a display relating to bathing machines around the East Anglian Coast.

Additional details can be found at; www.shepherdhuts.co.uk,www.heritagecity.org and www.barfordhistory.The annual Heritage Open Days brochure, which this year covers Norwich, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, South Norfolk and Thetford, will be launched earlyAugust, and gives details of around 200 events across our region.

Brochures will also be available from both venues on the day, so why not visit us and spend a day (or two) visiting some of the many hundreds of other venues nearby. There is a pub locally and there is a fantastic selection of circular walks in the area.

Look out for the distinctive 'H' Heritage Open Day logo signs for directions.

Directions

Barford is situated on the B1108, approx 3 miles west of the Norwich A47 bypass.

From the West

Follow the A47 around Norwich, leaving at the junction with the B1108 signposted to Watton/UEA/Norwich/Hospital. Keep in the right hand lane and at the first roundabout take the third turning towards Watton (B1108). At the second roundabout carry straight on the B1108. Follow the road for approx 3 miles until entering the village of Barford. The Cock Public house will be visible is on your left, a garage on you right. Turn right into Cock Street directly opposite the pub, left at the next junction into Church Lane. Within 300m HODs open day signs will direct you to the Church car park in Church road on the right hand side.

From the South and East

Follow the A47 around Norwich, leaving at the junction with the B1108 signposted to Watton/UEA/Norwich/Hospital. Keep in the left hand lane and at the roundabout take the first turning towards Watton (B1108).  Follow the road for approx 3 miles until entering the village of Barford. The Cock Public house will be visible is on your left, a garage on you right. Turn right into Cock Street directly opposite the pub, left at the next junction into Church Lane. Within 300m HODs open day signs will direct you to the Church car park in Church road on the right hand side.

From North of Norwich

Travel around either the inner or outer Norwich ringroads until you meet the junction with B1108 (also signposted Sportspark, UEA and hospital), Passing first the UEA and Sports Park on your left, then the NN University hospital you will arrive at the A47 junction roundabout within half a mile. Straight on at both round abouts, head towards Watton on the B1108. Follow the road for approx 3 miles until entering the village of Barford. The Cock Public house will be visible is on your left, a garage on you right. Turn right into Cock Street directly opposite the pub, left at the next junction into Church Lane. Within 300m HODs open day signs will direct you to the Church car park in Church road on the right hand side.

Sat Nav

NR9 4AY for the Historic Shepherdhuts

NR9 4AU for Barford Church and event car park

By Cycle:

We are in Cycle country here with lovely Norfolk lanes. You are welcome to leave your cycles either at the Church or bring them within the fenced area at the entrance to our property. All cycles left at owners risk

Train:

Nearest station Wymondham with good connections to Cambridge, Peterborough and the Midlands plus services to Kings cross London

Alternatively a lovely vintage train service operated by the Mid Norfolk Railway on the line from Wymondham - Dereham if you have a cycle , we suggest to either get off at Kimberly station. Details on  http://www.mnr.org.uk/

Bus service:

Hourly direct service Week days and Saturdays from Norwich/Watton with a request stop right otside the venue, check out http://www.konectbus.co.uk/Photos/Routes/36.pdf for times

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