A collapsing tower, body snatchers and a fire – it is all part of a Chronicle Country church’s history.
Biggleswade History Society and The Friends of St Andrew’s have organised a guided tour of St Andrew’s Church in Biggleswade.
The event is one of many English Heritage open days between Thursday, September 6 and Sunday, September 9.
The medieval parish church in Shortmead Street has served the people of Biggleswade and the hamlets of Stratton and Holme for more than 700 years.
It has survived neglect, ruin and disaster.
Philip Rutt from The Friends of St Andrew’s will lead the tour, which begins at 2.30pm on Friday, September 7.
The tour will be free but visitors are invited to donate to the Biggleswade Bells 2012 appeal for the restoration of the bells.
If you cannot make the tour you can drop into the church from 10am and members of the history society will be happy to show you around.
Other buildings in this area will also be participating in the heritage open days.
You can take a tour around the house at Moggerhanger Park on Thursday (September 6). Visit between 11am and 4pm for a 50 minute tour. The cafe will also be open.
St John The Baptist Church in Cockayne Hatley will be open on Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 4pm. You can climb to the top of the church tower for panoramic views.
Step back to the Tudor era at Willington’s dovecote and stables on the same day. Visit from 1pm to 5pm to meet people in Tudor costume plus members of the Bedford Embroiderers Guild.
Children can dress up in Tudor clothes and there will also be historical displays. Refreshments will be available.
Finally the Keeper’s Cottage and Queen Anne’s Summerhouse on the Shuttleworth Estate will be open on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
For more events visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk
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