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:
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
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.
Additional Building Guides
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.
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.
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’.