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For the Heritage Open Days in September 2017 we have an exciting collaboration between Salisbury Civic Society and the South Wilts branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

“Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns” programme for Heritage Open Days, September 2017

The Salisbury Civic Society and Salisbury and South Wilts branch of CAMRA will be collaborating on a ” Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns” themed programme for the Heritage Open Days between Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September 2017. We are focussing primarily on existing premises but we also hope to include some former pubs and inns of particular interest.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s a chance for the public to see hidden places and try out new experiences.

To be part of the CAMRA/Civic Society themed programme for 2017, the Pub or Inn needs to meet the four conditions below:

1. Entrance must be Free.

2. As pubs and inns are routinely open to the public they must in addition offer something special: open a building or part of a building that isn’t usually open to the public or do something out of the ordinary.

3. Provide some form of information.

4. Take place within the festival dates 7-10 September 2017.

Suggested events must take place at some point during this time. However, they do not have to be open on all days or even for a full day.

Currently, we are putting together the programme and will advertise it in May.  If you are interested in joining the Civic Society/CAMRA events for the Heritage Open Days, then please contact Neil Beagrie (email neil@beagrie.com) to discuss your ideas and inclusion in the programme.  There will be national and local advertising for the programme from May onwards.  We have a great living heritage of pubs and inns in Salisbury – let’s highlight it.

Neil Beagrie Salisbury & S. Wilts CAMRA branch/ Salisbury Civic Society




Historic Open Days Schedule & Poster

The Civic Society Historic Open days took place over three days 10,11,12 September 2015. The focus was to the west of the city centre, the theme being ‘Go West- Award Winners and Hospitals’.

Around 200 people in total enjoyed the visits and the weather was kind to us. Working outward from the city centre; Pembroke House, part of the former Salisbury Infirmary. was open on Friday and Saturday and proved very popular. The residents had put together a display of the site through the years – not just in its days as an infirmary but also before the infirmary itself was built. Delicious home made cakes were available to purchase.

At St. Paul’s roundabout, both the church extension and the SP2 community building were open in the afternoons. Moving westwards to Wilton Road, a number of buildings which were either part of, or on the site of, the Old Manor Hospital were open. The Quaker Meeting House was open in the afternoons and the Quakers arranged a very interesting talk by Roger Harrison about the building in its hospital days but also about how attitudes and ideas about mental health had changed over the years.

The Salisbury Medical Practice incorporates the former ballroom of the Old Manor and a blue badge guide and a member of staff led groups on Thursday and Friday around a modern purpose built medical facility but giving a flavour of its rather different medical past.

Opposite, No. 4 The Paragon, a private house, was open to the public each day, which for many was the highlight of the event in seeing how an early Victorian house could be rescued from dilapidation and institutional use and restored to residential use once again. Many thanks to Nick Ludlow for generously opening his house to the public. Blue badge guides led this tour following on from a visit to Salisbury Manor Care Home. This also incorporated the shell of a building from the Old Manor days, but having been rebuilt and considerably extended to form a bright modern care home.

Finally, The Foyer, a modern building providing supported living accommodation for young people on the site of the former Orchard House of the Old Manor was open on Thursday and Friday where staff were on hand to explain about the purpose of the building and it’s energy saving features.

Feedback from participants in the event has been very positive. Many thanks to the blue badge guides: Margaret, Shirley and Kathy, and also to the owners, residents and staff of the ‘open’ buildings.

Judy Howles