Heritage Open Days and World War One



The village of Barford (Norfolk) is excited to be taking part in the annual Heritage Open Days on the 13th-14th of September 2014.

Barford,  along with seven other villages, has organised a transformation of the rural community, which will see the village turned back in time, into its WW1 state.

barford hut

Some of the heritage buildings open to the public will include:

  • The Cock Inn – which will become a recruiting station as well as providing evening entertainment where rations can be eaten and pennies exchanged for drinks.
  • The Old Shepherds Hut  – a building where a German POW lived during the war.
  • The village hall  – which will become a vintage tea room, welcomes the Norfolk Regiment in uniform as well as displays of weapons and medals.
  • St Botolph’s church  – which will be  hosting displays revealing the lost stories behind the names on the village war memorials.

There will also be a mess tent hosting the ‘Big Breakfast’, live folk music and much more, the organisers say:

All of these sites will be linked by the village trail and it serves to make a wonderful family day out.  Car parking will be available at St Botolph’s Church, the village hall and Barford Cock Inn.

For further information and a timetable of events see www.barfordhistory.org or our Facebook page Barford History Group. We also have twitter @barfordhistory and welcome any of the #loststories you may have which will help us commemorate the impact WW1 on rural life.


 information supplied by @Barfordhistory

The Heritage Open Day project is and annual events and this year there are over 4500 events happening all over England and Wales, with some beautiful heritage sites being opened to the viewing public.

Many of the events are free and for more information about other events taking place in Norfolk – not necessarily World War One themed – visit the Norwich HEART  website.


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