More than ever to see on Heritage Open Days in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

More historic and interesting buildings than ever before will be open to the public next month.

New attractions taking part in this year's Heritage Open Days include a bank with views across The Wash, a waste station where you can see what happens to your rubbish, a railway station, an archaeological treasure house and countless historic buildings across East Anglia.

The event runs from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11.

Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days organiser with English Heritage, said: 'Some areas are completely newcomers such as March or just taking off such as Thetford, Wymondham.

'Overall the East is a huge region with loads of heritage, it hasn't reached its full potential yet. There are still blanks on the map.


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'But large organisers such as Norwich HEART (Heritage, Economic And Regeneration Trust), responsible for the second largest Heritage Open Days programme in the country last year, have been working over the last few years to spread the word among neighbouring communities, sharing their expertise and networks.'

At King's Lynn, The top floor of Barclays Bank, in the Tuesday Market Place, will be open.

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Before becoming a bank, in the 1950s, the grand Georgian building was a private house. Alison Gifford, chair of the town's civic society, said: 'You can get a fine view across The Wash.

'There's an excellent adamesque fireplace, that gives an incication off how grand it would have been when it was a house owned by the Hogg family, who owned something like 25 ships.

'They could go to the top and look out for their ships coming in.'

The Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes, will be opening up their social club - which was formerly Lynn's first savings bank.

There will also be a talk and exhibition on the life of Henry Bell, who designed the Custom House.

With the new attractions, the list of properties and activities in King's Lynn alone numbers 46, with favourites like the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club - affectionately known as the Ouse Booze, historic houses in King Street and the EDP offices in St Ann's House open.

Hundreds of events are on offer in and around Norwich - including sightseeing tours, walks, talks and recitals.

They include hidden spaces at the Cathedral,a guided walk of King Street, a tour of the Ihsan Mosque and the chance to ring a bell at St Peter Mancroft.

Elsehwere, a quirks and curiosity trail will be winding its way around Chatteris, via a jail break, a Victoria Cross, a mortuary slab and a king of carrots.

At Gressenhall parts of the former Workhouse not usually accessible to the public will be open, along with the offices of Norfolk's archaeologists.

On Saturday, September 10, Villagers at Elsing, near Dereham, are staging an Open Village, with open studios and gardens, along with art exhibitions in homes, classical music, poetry and folk. Sheep show and beer festival.

At Gorleston the Beating Shed - a rare surviving example of a net warehouse, in Pier Plain, will be open to the public for the first time.

At Holt the Langham Dome, a curious sttructure used to train second World war anti-aircraft gunners will be open.

In Lowestoft there will be guided walks at Bonds Meadow wildlife reserve, in Sands Lane.

Normally off-limits areas of March Railway Station will be open, along with the March Waste Transfer Station, where people will literally be able to see where their rubbish goes.

There will be guided walks around historic Sheringham, setting off from the Mo.

In Thetford there will be guided walks and the King's House and Grammar School will be open.

At Thurne, the windpump will be in operation (wind permitting).

In Wisbech, the historic castle - which stands on the site off the town's earliest buildings - will be open.

Follow the link, top right, to explore all the attractions which will be open this year.

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