Explore some of Broadland’s historical gems as part of heritage open day

Thorpe Lodge, now Broadland District Council Offices -Thorpe St Andrew<Copy: Rachel Banham - EDP SUN

Thorpe Lodge, now Broadland District Council Offices -Thorpe St Andrew <Copy: Rachel Banham - EDP SUNDAY > <Picture: James Bass> - Credit: ECN - Archant

A Cold War airfield, Georgian stately home and former courthouse will be opened to the public next month for a series of heritage tours.

People will have the chance to learn about the stories and history behind some of the most impressive buildings in the Broadland area.

There are 14 events for people to take part in between September 8 and 11, and include guided tours and walks.

RAF Coltishall, a former Second World War and Cold War airfield, is just one of many sites opening its doors to the public.

Expert guides from the Spirit of Coltishall Association will host open-top bus tours around the former airbase on September 8 and 9.

Elsewhere, people will be able to explore the Grade II-listed Catton Place, which was once owned by a Norwich mayor.

Thorpe Lodge, in Thorpe St Andrew, which was once home to the Harvey family of textile merchants and bankers, will also be open for the public to take a look around.

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New for this year is a guided tour of Blofield Courthouse and its original holding cells.

The Grade II-listed building was in operation from 1904 until 1970.

Meanwhile, in Aylsham, the local history society is providing guided walks at Millgate and the Aylsham Navigation.

The 11-mile route was once used by wherries all the way through to Great Yarmouth until the 1912 flood destroyed the locks.

Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council's member champion for heritage, said: 'The Heritage Open Days festival is always a fantastic opportunity to take a look behind usually closed doors, and we are excited to be once again part of this year's event.'

For more details of all events, including dates, times and how to book, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Have you made an interesting historical discovery? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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