Spectacular Heritage Open Days in Mole Valley
Hundreds of residents and visitors of all ages delighted in uncovering hidden history, exploring fascinating exhibitions and opening doors to intriguing buildings across Mole Valley as part of the District's Heritage Open Days from 7th to 10th September.
The ever-popular annual event offered more than 75 events free of charge across the District over the four packed days, with a number selling out. The title theme for this year was 'Wheels in Motion' and many participants took the opportunity to interpret the theme in original and quirky ways. Just about every aspect of transport was covered in one way or another. There were also numerous examples of fascinating industrial and mechanical heritage on offer, such as the Lowfield Heath Windmill and the bi-parting screen in the Friends Meeting House in Dorking.
A transport-inspired event that proved particularly popular over the weekend was the restored Victorian horse-drawn bus that made its way through Mole Valley, stopping in Dorking and Leatherhead over the weekend. Visitors were able to get on board the bus and were taken through the history of its restoration. A number of classic cars parked outside the SC Fuller store - celebrating its 125th anniversary - brought many shoppers to a stop to admire the vehicles in West Street, Dorking.
There were plenty of fascinating events and highlights taking place across Mole Valley not relating to the title theme too. The 10 September marked a year since the Deepdene Trail in Dorking was open to the public. To celebrate, visitors to the Trail were able to venture inside the peaceful interior of the site's seldomly-opened mausoleum designed by The Deepdene Estate's owner, Thomas Hope. The Keymer Tile Factory also proved popular, with a number of people having the opportunity to create their own tiles and learn about one of the oldest established roofing brands in the UK.
Councillor Corinna Osborne-Patterson, Executive Member for Communities, Services & Housing, said: "Thanks to many dedicated organisations and volunteers across the District, hundreds of visitors were once again able to explore some impressive examples of Mole Valley's stunningly rich heritage. Mole Valley District Council, alongside our many partners, continues in its commitment to help make this event a success year on year. I am sure I'm not alone in looking forward to next year's event already."