RESIDENTS in Wem have been learning about their town's history from a number of walks and talks over the weekend.

The Heritage Open Day was part of a larger national movement to encourage people to visit historic building and archaeology within their locality that normally remain closed to the public.

Event organisers Heritage Wem were delighted by the number of people visiting each of the events over a busy weekend.

Venues included tours around listed buildings along High Street, a walk and talk around the castle mound, visits to the parish church and several non-conformist chapels, and street walks along the medieval Chapel Street, as well as talks and exhibitions held at the church hall completed the weekend.

In addition to the site visits, Heritage Wem also organised a drop-in facility where people could bring images to be copied and scanned. It is hoped the imagery will help create a unique pictorial database of Wem's past.

The Heritage Wem team were so encouraged by the visitor numbers and the enthusiasm that the event will run next year.

A spokesman for Heritage Wem said: "This successful event has certainly revealed the complex history of this unique market town, clearly showing that hidden behind many 19th and 20th century brick facades along the High Street are many histories that extend back another 300 years or more.

"The Heritage Open Day gives the people of Wem to see how remarkable the building history really is."