Listed building open to public

OLD CAROLIANS: From left, Peter Picken, Peter Guy, Roger Perrin, Ken Garbett and Colin Lloyd. Picture: COLIN HILL

OLD CAROLIANS: From left, Peter Picken, Peter Guy, Roger Perrin, Ken Garbett and Colin Lloyd. Picture: COLIN HILL

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A LISTED building in Kidderminster will be opened to the public as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative.

Visitors can explore the Kidderminster Registration Office on Bewdley Road, which was previously part of King Charles I School, on Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 4pm.

The building still has the original panelled walls, honours boards, stained glass window and war memorials from its time as the school’s hall and venue for its assemblies.

Colin Lloyd, secretary of the Old Carolians Association, the organisation which represents current and ex-pupils and staff of the educational institution, said: “There are lots of old boys out there of my generation who would like to stick their heads around the doors and see the building once again.

“It will be a nostalgia trip, especially considering the hall is pretty much as it was before it became a registration office in 1977.”

He added visiting the hall will also appeal to local history enthusiasts who will be able to view first-hand the building’s list of men killed in the two world wars.

Heritage Open Days is a nationwide initiative that celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September buildings of every age, style and function open their doors in a “once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures” of the country.

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