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Welcome to
Dudley heritage open days 2021

Come and celebrate Dudley’s rich architecture this Heritage Open Day, thanks to our virtual tours.

Heritage Open Days is a programme Dudley Council participates with each year, particularly in the Dudley Town Centre where we showcase some of the buildings included in our Townscape Heritage Project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The event is a celebration of the country’s architecture and culture, where venues not usually open to the public allow access.

This year is different, because of the global pandemic. 

Due to social distancing restrictions and to help control the spread of COVID 19, Dudley Council took the decision to keep the buildings it normally opens during Heritage Open Day closed.  This did not dampen our enthusiasm towards this project; we saw it as an opportunity to capture a ‘snapshot in time’ of these buildings, together with other heritage partners who wished to participate. 

We decided to take self-guided tours of these buildings, whilst capturing the images for future generations.  Please note, these images show the buildings in reality, as working offices and as closed, unused spaces – they are not sterile museums.

Take this opportunity to find out more and explore our
NEW virtual tours of:

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Priory
House

Priory House dates from the early 19th century.  It can be seen in maps of the time and is mentioned in Pigot’s Commercial Directory as ‘a handsome building’.

Dudley Old Police Station

The Old
Police Buildings

Dudley’s first police station, complete with lock-up, built by “the county of Worcester” around 1847 and is Grade II listed. It was the first municipal building on Priory Street’s site

Dudley Catholic Church

Dudley
Catholic Church

Our Blessed Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church, built by A W N Pugin in 1839-40 in Gothic Revival style

The Crown Public House

The Crown
Public House

Grade II listed building in ‘Gothic Revival’ style

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Former Dudley School of Art

Red brick and terracotta building was constructed in 1883 by Bateman & Corser of Birmingham as the Dudley School of Art and Free Library and was opened on 29th July 1884. 

Dudley town hall

Dudley
Town Hall

The famous mural by Hans Feibusch, dated 1948, showing a medieval scene of Roger de Somery stag hunting in Kinver Forest, regarded as one of his best works

St Edmunds Church, Dudley

St Edmund's
'Bottom' Church

Dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon King and martyr, this 18th century church replaces the medieval original

Dudley Council House

Dudley
Council House

Including the council chamber where important decisions are made and its unique collection of civic regalia

Dudley Coroner's Court

Coroner’s
Court

Largely unchanged coroner's courtroom, retaining its original fittings and furnishings, plus the Memorial Tower and original Brooke Robinson Museum rooms

Top Church Dudley

St Thomas' &
St Luke's Church

The current 19th century building replaces the 12th century original and is dedicated to the Apostle St Thomas

Dudley Police Station

Dudley
Police Station

Including the beautifully carved front doors with 20 scenes depicting early 1900’s police activities

 
 

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Former
St Edmund’s School

Originally known as the St Edmund’s District National School, Lord Ward of Himley donated the land and its foundation stone was laid by Lady Ward in August 1848, with architect William Bourne appointed. 

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The Old
Meeting House

This 1717 building is the oldest existing building of worship in Dudley. It was Grade II listed in 1949, meaning it is a building of special interest and warranting every effort to preserve it. It is now a Unitarian chapel.

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Baylies’s Hall 
Charity School

Baylies’s Charity School was established by Robert, Samuel and Anne Baylies in 1732.  This was a period when many such schools were founded, for ‘teaching, instructing and clothing 50 boys’.

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