Halesworth on the Map Halesworth Heritage Open Days September 21 and 22, 2019

Photographs from Saturday Halesworth Heritage. Volunteers, queues outside Bank House, cat’s in doorways, ancestry tracing in the Library, Bell Ringing for the first time, people dressed up as Monks and medieval folk, bunting, balloons, pink H’s….

Survey results as presented by Simon Raven

Michael’s speech of thanks

The story and photographs of Halesworth Heritage Tree walk.

If you have any other photos, let us know and we will post them up here.

In this, the 25th year of the national festival that opens private places to the public absolutely free of charge

Our theme is HALESWORTH ON THE MAP. Lowestoft Record office is coming to our Library, with a display of old maps and offering help to get started tracing your own ancestry. Together with an opening of 7 private properties, 4 walks, and a medieval costume drama at the Church, this weekend is rich in pickings.

The Brochure can be downloaded here



Bank House is opening! Thank you Hugh and David. Over Heritage Open Days weekend you will be able to see a model showing how they plan to reincorporate the former Barclay’s branch back into the house.

Gothic House, The Old Rectory, and many other homes with elegant staircases, creaking floor boards, secret writing are open this weekend.


St Mary’s are putting on a one off colourful play about our local Argentein family, together with a ‘medieval experience’.

The Cut (aka New Cut Maltings) offers tours of its malting past, and ‘craftivism’ workshops on the theme of ‘Dare to Dream’. Come and create something small and beautiful.

The Museum will be showing the history of the Blyth navigation.


Hidden Halesworth, Heritage Trees, the Malt trail and Millennium Green’s industrial past all revealed on Heritage Open Day walks.

Press Release

undefined Halesworth on the Map

‘Halesworth on the Map’ is the theme of this year’s Halesworth Heritage Open Days on the weekend of 21-22 September 2019.

Held every two years since 2015, the Heritage Days give residents and visitors alike the chance to explore buildings they may have previously passed by and investigate aspects of the town’s history they knew nothing about. More than a dozen properties will open their doors across the weekend, among them the 16th-century Old Rectory, hidden away in beautiful gardens within a stone’s throw off the Thoroughfare, and for the first time, Bank House, elegantly Georgian and stylishly restored and furnished in recent years. Writing hidden in bedroom cupboards, a collection of teddy bears, Halesworth Clocks, Deeds and Maps, creaking floor boards all can be experienced behind these front doors.

Knowledgeable guides will be on-hand throughout the weekend to lead four different themed walks of the town and its environs, from the industrial past to heritage trees, while the newly-refurbished space of St. Mary’s Church will play host to a mediaeval-style play focused on the lives of the de Argentein family, lords of the manor of Halesworth.

A printed brochure will be available early in September with full details of opportunities on offer and booking arrangements.



Thank you to all for putting Halesworth on the Map

We want to put Halesworth on the map. Our continued prosperity depends on getting more visitors to our town, with its rare pedestrianized high street still with only independent shops. To support us achieving this, the shop owners and donors listed below have given generously to support this venture and we gratefully acknowledge this.

Halesworth Town Council
Suffolk County Council
Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership

Allen’s Butchers
Angel Podiatry
Broadway Colours
Blackmore Foundation (SPAR)
Cecil Amey Opticians
Durrants Estate Agents
Fennel Surveyors
Focus Organic
Gecko Shoes
Gentlemen’s Row Barber Shop
Halesworth Book Shop
Halesworth Florist
Halesworth Stationers
Halesworth Carpet Shop
Hetty’s Little Copy Shop
Horse and Garden
Ipswich Building Society
Jeffery and Associates
Just Nice Things
Lovewell Blake
Rosedale Funeral Home
SJ Geomatics
Thoroughfare Deli
Valerie’s Consignment Store
White Hart
World Land Trust

We are extremely grateful to the owners of all the properties who have agreed to open them for display this weekend and to the host of volunteers who help in the properties, guide the walks and distribute the brochures.

Thanks to the Cut for providing Box Office facilities and to Men’s Shed for making our Donation Boxes.

Brochure pictures marked *are the property of Bill Jackson Foto.  Bill very kindly took them specially for us.

Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership Heritage Open Days Committee: Kate Button, Vic Gray, Brian Howard, James Hewett, Janet Huckle, Michael Imison, Jenny Janes, Rachel Kellett, Jo Leverett , Rosemary Lewis, Simon Raven, Ann Wilkinson, David Wollweber

Booking at the Cut

Please note that the private houses listed only offer visitors conducted tours which require tickets obtained in advance from the Cut Box Office. No tickets are available at the houses themselves Only ticket holders will be admitted. Times of the tours are shown on each entry.

Advance booking opens September 10th from Cut Box Office
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 2pm
Tel: 0300 303 3211
Email: Boxoffice@newcut.org
Post: Heritage Open days The Cut,New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY

Our thanks The Cut for donating this facility.