Book now as Hemel Hempstead’s The Bury is open for heritage tours

The Bury, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead.
The Bury, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead.

Dates have now been set for the rare opportunity to tour two of the borough’s most iconic buildings – with the first of these heritage trips taking place next week.

The Dacorum Heritage Trust is staging visits to 17th century build The Bury – home to council services including the register office – following on from the success of its open days at the medieval cottages in Piccotts End last year.

Along with the behind-the-scenes look at the majestic white building in Queensway, the hour-long tours will also feature a jaunt across Gadebridge Park to St Mary’s Church – the town’s oldest place of worship – which will also open its doors to visitors with the Trust.

Trust chairman Roger Hands said: “We are trying to give people information about our hopes of establishing a museum at The Bury, so this will be in effect a public consultation on the plans we have with Dacorum Borough Council.

“Obviously The Bury is still operating, but we hope to bring people in to show part of the building, and hopefully visiting the church will add a bit of extra interest.”

The Trust’s longer term objective will be to encourage volunteers who could man the proposed museum in the future.

The free-of-charge trips run for six slots daily next Wednesday and Thursday, April 2 and 3, and on the same days the following week on April 9 and 10.

Places are limited so email Nina Glencross, recently appointed as the Trust’s first collections manager, on or call 01442 879525 to book a slot.