HISTORY fans descended on Whitchurch last weekend to explore some of the town’s lesser known locations.

The Heritage Open Days, which took place on September 13 and 14 saw many of Whitchurch’s locations opened to the public and featured tours of the town.

Whitchurch’s Masonic Hall in Castle Hill was open to visitors and offered people the chance to see its stained glass windows.

The Old Rectory Ice House was also open, giving residents and visitors a chance to go inside a mid-18th century ice house, situated in Sainsbury’s car park.

For railway enthusiasts there was plenty to enjoy as well, including talks about Whitchurch Railway Station, and a walk around town before finishing at the Tithe Barn where a model railway exhibition had been set up.

And for the braver adventurers, the tower at St Alkmund’s was opened up to the public, giving people a unique view over the sights of Whitchurch.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest annual festival of history and culture thanks to support from the National Trust and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.