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Welcome to

Dudley heritage open days 2020

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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Coroner’s

Court

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

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St Thomas' &

St Luke's Church

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

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Dudley

Police Station

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

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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

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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

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The Crown

Public House

Grade II listed building in ‘Gothic Revival’ style

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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

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St Edmund's

'Bottom' Church

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

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Dudley

Council House

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

 
 

Heritage Open Days is a scheme that encourages owners of historically important buildings to open them free of charge to the public. 

To provide feedback or for further information, contact Emma Pardoe at emma.pardoe@dudley.gov.uk

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Dudley Townscape Heritage programme
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