Open days reveal secrets of Northampton buildings to the public

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Venues across Northampton are opening up their doors and revealing their secrets to the public today.

Heritage Open Day venues wil be spread throughout Northamptonshire and some will show visitors around for free today and tomorrow.

The venues in Northampton town centre include All Saints Church, New Testament Church of God, Sessions House, Northampton and County Club, the Guildhall, Northampton museum, BBC Radio Northampton, the Jesus Centre, 78 Derngate, the Royal and Derngate Theatres and The Natural History Society.

Those in outlying area include The Hunsbury Hill Centre, Thornton Park, Delapre Abbey, Playhouse Theatre, Northants Ironstone Railway, Abington Park Museum, Church of St John the Baptist, St Luke’s Church and Castle Hill URC.

Among the fascinating buildings open to the public is the Borjia wine bar in Castilian Street, formerly known as the Memorial Hall.

It was built between 1920 and 1930 as a memorial to Second-Lieutenant Ralph Paton Taylor, who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment during the First World War and died in the Battle of the Somme, aged 20.

Funded by his father, a Northampton councillor, the venue houses the only stained-glass emblem of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

Maria Boehm, co-owner of Borjia, said: “People are fascinated by both the story associated with the building and the architecture inside and out.”

Borjia is open from noon to 5pm today and tomorrow.

Full dates and times and details of talks and tours are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s website or at: