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Heritage Open Day 10/9/2011

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Vintage Vehicles that changed the World at Bartons

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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”
Henry Ford

Heritage Open Day 10/9/2011
Vintage Vehicles that changed the World at Bartons

Time: 10am - 4pm 10th September 2011

Place: Bartons Garage, High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 4AJ

The colossal reorganisation of Bartons sprawling Chilwell site has continued apace during 2011.

The public have a chance to witness the project’s progress with Bartons commitment to the Heritage Open Day movement. Bartons will again throw open the doors of the legendary one-time bus company to offer a glimpse of the past on September the 10th between 10am and 4pm. In addition to transport related heritage, several new exhibitions have located to the site; and many more heritage attractions will feature. A classic car meet is also taking place this year and heritage Vintage vehicles will take to the road.


The familier landmark of Bartons’ Head Office and Works in Chilwell will open its doors to all, this Saturday morning. The public will be able to step back in time behind the Art Deco façade and discover how parts of the garage would have looked a century ago.

The Garage in Chilwell, originally built in 1913, will showcase buses and vehicles spanning the 20th Century. Many will be on display and some will be driving the roads of Chilwell and Beeston.

Engineering Workshop Restored

New for this year a large, rambling former 1920s Engineering Workshop, which at one time was the premises of Messrs. Reynolds, has been spectacularly restored.

Sandicliffe - Ford Heritage Day

The day celebrates ‘100 Years of Ford UK’. On October 23 1911 Henry Ford’s company made its first UK built Automobiles at the world’s first industrial estate, Trafford Park. The first Ford car made in Britain was a Model T – it was the car that changed the world.

To celebrate Ford’s centenary year, locally based family run Sandicliffe are also joining in with the 100 year celebrations by recreating the way the family-owned business began in 1948. The newly-restored Barton workshop will for the very first time feature Sandicliffe’s history and this alone is a treat for many. In addition to all the vintage models that are in the Barton’s collection, there will be a range of some of the more recent models to see as well. From vintage Fire engines and recovery trucks to the powerful 300bhp Focus RS, there’s plenty for all tastes.

Sandicliffe Garage Limited was founded in 1948 by Mr. J R Woodhouse and Mr. T H Barton as a service station on Nottingham Road, Stapleford. The Company became Ford Retail Dealers in 1953 and then by 1955, Ford Car and Commercial Vehicle Distributorships were appointed. Things progressed steadily whereby in1974, the honour of a Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was granted to the Stapleford Dealership - a rare event in the motor industry. More recently, Sandicliffe has expanded into one of the country's largest privately owned family motor groups with over 600 employees operating from ten sites located throughout the East Midlands.

District Museum

A long held ambition for many people from the area, a large local museum will be created for the event by Beeston and District Local History Society. This will include photographs, many not seen before, old maps of the area and newspapers that go back 60 years, displays of Humber and other local people, early 20th century photography, with the Society’s collection of old cameras.

G.H. Hurt & Son

Neighbours for 99 years, The Shawl Factory which today has suppied products to the likes of Gerri Haliwell, will also be open during the day between 9.00 am and 1.00pm, with Nottingham’s link to textiles celebrated with rare lace-knitting machines in action.

‘Heritage Open Days’ celebrate 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 in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Free of charge and literally on people’s doorstep, ‘Heritage Open Days’ is an event for everyone, whatever your background, age and ability

For further information or to arrange for photographs or interviews contact Stephen Wallace or Charlotte Wright on 01476 860127/mob07973 296001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.