Visitors flock to Preston temple grounds during England's Heritage Open Days

On Saturday, Sept. 11, more than 400 non-LDS visitors flocked to the grounds of the Preston England Temple in Chorley, Lancashire.

The Chorley England Stake hosted an open day as part of England's national Heritage Open Days initiative: "Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year between Sept. 9-12, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to parish churches. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring life to local history and culture."

Visitors were invited to join tours of the temple grounds during the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or wander unescorted around the many pathways through the peaceful gardens. Three different repeating tours were available with one starting every half-hour: an architectural tour conducted by Peter Trebilcock, one of the architects who worked on the Preston temple; a garden tour conducted by Keith Kirby, one of the temple gardeners; and a general tour by local historian Peter Fagg. Younger visitors enjoyed spotting features of the site with a 'Seek and ye shall find' map and quiz. While waiting for tours to start visitors were invited to view a rolling sequence of Mormon Messages video clips projected on a large screen in the chapel.

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