Behind the scenes tour of The Folk of Gloucester
By David Wood
Be one of the first to explore this building which was closed for several years. Walk on the squeaky floorboards and smell the history!
Gloucester Civic Trust is now managing this amazing and unique row of three Tudor houses and are bringing life back into the buildings, keeping them safe for future generations.
"Behind the Scenes" guided tours are now available and tell the stories of the buildings themselves and the people who owned them, or worked or lived in them, during the last 600 years.
The tour guides will be dressed in costume, representing a real person connected to the building These tours include rooms not usually open to the public - like the cellars!
Find out why someone was hiding in the loft of the coal house, or who received special dispensation from the Privy Council in the 16th Century. Hear the story about Bishop Hooper and the room he is reputed to have stayed in the night before he was burnt at the stake in 1555.
Who owned and lived in these buildings during the Civil War and the Siege of Gloucester in 1643? Who set up the largest pin making factory in Gloucester here in the 18th Century and exhibited their state-of-the-art machinery in the Great Exhibition in the 19th Century? Who was the very last baby to be born here in the 20th Century? And where was the witch bottle found?
All these questions will be answered during the tour.
You will also hear about plans for the future of the buildings which will no longer be a museum but an exhibition and events space, and a centre for the local community.
Please note that the tour takes about 90 minutes and costs £7 for adults, £3 for children under 16. There are many steps and staircases so this tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
These behind the scenes tours will start on Thursday (26th January) and will be only available each week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11am.
The café will be open so please come a bit early and support efforts to keep these beautiful buildings open by buying a cup of tea or coffee before the tour as the introduction to the tour usually starts here.
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