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Town’s hidden history celebrated during Heritage Open Days

PUBLISHED: 18:33 09 September 2018

Duncan Adams of Dunx Cycles in the fisherman’s cottages below his shop. Photo: James Carr.

Duncan Adams of Dunx Cycles in the fisherman’s cottages below his shop. Photo: James Carr.

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A town’s hidden history was placed centre stage and celebrated as the public got a chance to see behind locked doors.

The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.

There were more than 70 free events and activates across Lowestoft as part of the Heritage Open Days.

Whether you wanted to take a walk around the oldest house in town or explore the back rooms of a 19th Century chemist there was plenty to explore.

Dunx Cycles, in High Street, proved especially popular with around 300 people passing through its doors curious to see the three fisherman’s cottages below which date back to 1790.

Owner Duncan Adams said: “It was absolutely fantastic, so many people really enjoyed going down there.

The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.

“The shop was built on top of the houses in 1926, they removed the top storey.”

Below the cycle shop floor is a world seemingly untouched by time.

Six people would have lived in each cottage which still feature a copper washing machine, original bread oven and original fireplaces.

Mr Adams spoke of the importance of the event for the town.

The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.

He said: “If you don’t have events like this then people will never know what they are walking past.

“We have got a lot of history in Lowestoft and we need to look after it.”

On Saturday the North Lowestoft United Reformed Church, which was built in 1852, opened to the public to provide a rare glimpse at its interior and Lowestoft’s very own slice of Italy

Darren Breeze, owner of Art and Craft in Wood, also on High Street, said he was shocked at the amount of attention his shop had received over the weekend.

Darren Breeze of Art and Craft in Wood. Photo: James Carr.Darren Breeze of Art and Craft in Wood. Photo: James Carr.

Around 200 people visited the Victorian town house which housed a chemist during the 1870s.

He said: “It’s been really well supported. Lots of people don’t usually come to this part of the town anymore.

“But this end of town is full of small independent and privately owned businesses. The money spent at this end of town stays in Lowestoft.”

He added: “There are so many lovely buildings around here; it’s a lovely area that needs to be celebrated.”

The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.The fishermen’s cottages below Dunx Cycles. Photo: James Carr.

The Heritage Open Days continue next weekend.

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