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Rothamsted Manor holding rare public open days

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 August 2018

Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden. Picture: Gareth and Brianna Wignall.

Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden. Picture: Gareth and Brianna Wignall.

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Rothamsted Manor is opening its doors to the public and presenting a rare chance to see inside Harpenden’s ‘hidden gem’.

The mural in Rothamsted Manor.The mural in Rothamsted Manor.

The public can go on 30-45 minute tours of the 13th century building on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 between 11am and 5pm, with no need to book.

The manor’s head of events, Katie Simmons, said: “We are delighted to be able to open up Rothamsted Manor for guided tours as part of Heritage Open Days Weekend.

“The manor really is the hidden gem of Harpenden and is rarely open to the public, so we hope to welcome lots of local people who want to find out more.

“With so much history and culture on our doorstep, what’s not to love?”

Rothamsted Manor.Rothamsted Manor.

During the tour visitors will see the hall, the oldest part of the house, and the great drawing room, added by Sir John Lawes in 1864, as well as the small drawing room with its painted and gilded Spanish leather wall coverings, dating back to 1900, and the 16th century murals and the many portraits of the Wittewronges, Sir John Bennet Lawes and his son Charles.

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