Chedham’s Yard is an award-winning heritage site that combines a Victorian Blacksmith’s forge and a Wheelwright’s workshop, with a purpose-built visitor centre. It has recently been restored and is now open to the public May – September on a pre-booked basis.
Hidden away in Wellesbourne in Warwickshire it is a well-kept secret.
The Yard was run by five generations of the Chedham family, the last of whom, Bill Chedham recently passed away. The Yard is crammed with tools, equipment and items made on site along with the materials to make them.
The Yard has been restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BBC Restoration after it beat churches, chapels and a gallery to win the BBC Restoration Village television programme in 2006.
There is a cafe in the visitor centre, offering refreshments including tempting seasonal cakes and treats.
Facilities: They are accessible for wheelchairs – more details on their website.
Opening Times: May to September. The Yard will be open between 10am and 2pm, with the last entry being at 1pm. Entry includes the option of following a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteers. Visits to Chedham’s Yard are by timed admission only, so it is advisable to book on their website at http://www.chedhamsyard.org.uk/booking.
Costs: standard tickets are: adult £3.50, children over 5 £1.50 and family £9.50.
Photo Credits: © Copyright Chedham’s Yard
For further information please visit: http://www.chedhamsyard.org.uk.