Local heritage open days - September 9th-11th

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THIS weekend historic spots around the Mercury area that are usually closed to the public are being opened free of charge, while guided tours aim to show your area’s architecture and culture.

n From today visitors can look around Baldock’s Mill in South Street, Bourne and see three floors of exhibitions housed inside the old water mill.

From 2pm to 4pm today, tomorrow and on Sunday the Raymond Mays motor racing exhibition, Charles Frederick Worth’s haute couture, and displays by local industries on the top floor will showcase Bourne’s history.

n An opportunity to walk over the surviving earthworks of a medieval castle is on offer in Castle Bytham tomorrow.

Visitors can see the castle remains by meeting at 11am or midday by the public footpath signpost at the entrance to the castle at Castle Farm. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advised. Pre-booking is essential, call 01522 526731.

n Learn the history of the railways on a guided walk along the Toft Tunnel and the Lound Viaduct.

The 2.5-mile walk tomorrow will take you along part of the former railway line between Bourne and Saxby to look at two of the main engineering features and how they were built.

The event has been organised by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.

The walk starts at 1.30pm and again pre-booking is essential. Call Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499.

n On Sunday a look at Victorian Stamford is available with a walk around the Northfields area.

Guide John Plumb, a former chairman of the Stamford Civic Society, will point out the architecture from the period.

The walk will start at 2pm from the car park on North Street, and booking is required. Call Mrs Stanier on 01780 654320.

n A walk around Deeping St James, including a tour of the Priory Church buildings, will let you discover the village’s past.

The walk will start at 2.30pm on Sunday by the ancient Cross at the junction with Church Gate, Eastgate and Church Street.

Refreshments will be served for a small fee which will go to a local charity.

n Open days at manors and stately homes are also being held, including at Woolsthorpe Manor and Southwick Hall. For more visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk