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Unlocking the doors to Midlands hidden treasures

Old buildings steeped in history across the Midlands are unlocking their doors for four days. Photo: Alun Bull

Old buildings steeped in history across the Midlands are unlocking their doors for four days to share their secrets and treasures of the past with the public bringing local history and culture to life.

The initiative is part of the annual Heritage Open Days, a once-a-year chance to discover architectural marvels, tours and activities in your area.

Below we bring you some of the best hidden gems from across the Midlands.

For your chance to uncover secrets from the past and celebrate what is special near to your neighbourhood between 6th and 9th September visit Heritage Open Days.

Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works, Birmingham

A very different family day out is to the former coffin fittings factory in Birmingham's jewellery quarter.

Some of the intricately designed coffin handles displayed on a wall in the factory Credit: Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings

Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings made some of the world's finest coffin furniture including fittings for the coffins of Churchill, Chamberlain and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The factory opened in 1894 and production stopped in 1998 at this Grade II listed building.

The original machinery and samples of stock still remain inside the building.

But the former factory comes alive this weekend with tours of the semi-derelict building and lots of activities including brass rubbings, dressing up in Victorian costume as well as live music and performances throughout the day.

For more information on visiting click here.

A box of 19th Century coffin handles displaying RIP Credit: Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings

Moseley Old Hall

The place where King Charles II hid in a hole in 1651 after being defeated in battle is a treasure to be explored in Staffordshire.

The bed that King Charles II slept in in 1651 when hiding from Cromwell's troops. Credit: Phil Evans

The atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse has many stories to unravel as each part is explored.

The priest's hole inside Moseley Old Hall where King Charles II hid can be seen as well as 17th century garden, orchard and what is known as a 'knot' garden - an intricately designed variety.

The priest's hole inside Moseley Old Hall where King Charles II hid can be seen Credit: Phil Evans

The orchard is full of heritage varieties of apples and pears, on the 22nd and 23rd September visitors are invited to bring their own apples to press, taste and buy local produce.

Children can dress up and play with 17th century toys and games, or search for ghostly dogs in the house.

For more on visiting this heritage site read here.

Croome Estate, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire

Arguably one of the best views in the Midlands can be seen from the Panoramic Tower at Croome Estate in Worcestershire.

The house has a Panoramic Tower offering breath-taking views Credit: National Trust

The 18th century landscape park, garden and mansion house was designed by Capability Brown an architect and garden landscaper to royalty responsible for gardens in places such as Warwick Castle.

The 18th century landscape park, garden and mansion house was designed by Capability Brown Credit: National Trust

Guided tours of the house, gardens and the Panoramic Tower will be available.

For more information on visiting this site read here.

Families can enjoy a day out exploring some of the Midlands hidden historical gems. Credit: Alun Bull

Victorian Cottage, Kimberly

Whenyou walk through the door of this cottage in Nottingham you are transportedback to the Victorian era, a time-capsule of the 19th Century.

Home-owner PeterSaunders has spent eight years scouring car boots and eBay collecting authenticitems from the era to fully restore his Victorian Cottage back to its originalstyle.

All of the house'sfixtures and fittings are genuine, which may explain why the Victorianatmosphere can be felt as soon as you enter Peter's home.

Features of thecottage include cast iron ranges to a fully functional Victorian bathroom.

Described as a mustsee for all history fans, further details can be found here.

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