Heritage Open Days

This weekend heritage sites around the region are opening their doors to the public. This week, we are visiting a number of those hidden gems.

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A look inside 'Pugin land'

This week is Heritage Open Week with some of the most historic buildings in England being opened to the public. To celebrate we are looking at some of the Midland's most celebrated buildings. Today we explore AWN Pugin's best work.

Born in 1st March 1812 AWN Pugin is best known nationally for his work in the Houses of Parliament, but Cheadle in Staffordshire is nationally recognised as "Pugin land" for its 14 buildings designed by him including 'Pugin's Gem' St Giles, Cheadle.

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Library with the 'secret garden' opens its doors to the public

A private members library with its very own 'secret garden' is opening its doors to the public Credit: ITV Central

A private members library with its very own 'secret garden' is opening its doors to the public as part of a nationwide campaign to open up Britain's heritage to the public.

Bromley House Library was founded in 1816 and moved in 1822 to its present home. Credit: ITV Central

Bromley House Library was founded in 1816 and moved in 1822 to its present home, a dark, red brick building which was built in 1752 as a 'town house' for George Smith grandson of the founder of Smith Bank, the oldest known bank in the country.

In recent years the collection's emphasis has been on biographies, travel books and new novels. Credit: ITV Central

At the rear of the library is what could literally be a work of fiction, a secret garden, surrounded by walls used only by members of the library, it is often referred to as a haven in the city.

The haven in the city, the 'secret garden' Credit: ITV Central
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