Published Wednesday, 30th August 2017
Visitors will get the chance to have a behind-the-scenes view of Reigate & Banstead’s Town Hall next weekend (Saturday 9 September) as it opens its doors for this year’s Heritage Open Days.
Vintage police cars
This Grade II Listed building is a stunning example of Arts & Crafts architecture and originally housed the Town Hall, Law Courts, Police and Fire Station. You’ll also be able to meet the Mayor in his Parlour and see his Mayoral robes, mace and other historic regalia.
Outside, vintage police cars and other vintage vehicles will be on display, while a Samba Band entertains visitors.
“Whether you’re fascinated by architecture or local history or just curious to take a look inside your town hall, it is well worth a visit,” says Cllr Roger Newstead, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead. “The building boasts some wonderfully ornate Art Nouveau features, beautiful stained glass windows, a collection of paintings by William Tatton Winter and many historic photographs. Please join us and celebrate our wonderful history.”
Displays in the civic rooms will trace the early history of travel and transport in the borough, including toll gates, horse-drawn coaches, railways and the 120 year history of Finch Cycles, as well as the historic battles of Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, and their links with the borough, as part of the Council’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Local crafts will be on sale, with live demonstrations and information about their history. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious selection of homemade cakes and savouries in the beautiful surroundings of the Old Council Chamber.
There will be even more for children to do with a history hunt with Heritage Hattie and Heritage Henry and a ‘come and make’ area.
Located on Castlefield Road, Reigate, RH2 0SH, the Town Hall will be open from 11am-3pm on Saturday 9 September.
The Town Hall is one of 24 venues, walks and talks across the borough over Heritage Open Days Weekend, which runs from 7-10 September. Others include Reigate Heath Windmill Church, Gatton Park, Reigate Caves, Horley history walk and All Saints Church, Banstead.
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