The 2020 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2021 programme mid August 2021
Cranford Stable Block and St Dunstan’s Church
St Peter & St Paul Church
The Old Vinyl Factory
Itinerary created by Open House Volunteer, Rick Smith
Hayes Village, Nestles Avenue, Hayes UB3 4QF
The former Nestle factory closed in 2015 when manufacturing of its coffee and chocolate products moved to a new factory in Derbyshire. The 30 acre site employed over 300 people in the 1930s and contained some splendid art deco buildings. The best of these, the Sandow building, will have its facade and other historic elements restored and some former elements from the factory will be restored and sited as art installations around the site. SEGRO, a major commercial site developer, bought the site and has brought in Barratts as the developer of the residential part of the site which will eventually result in over 1300 units, 40% of which will be affordable. The architects are Makower and Michael Sparks. SEGRO will build 200,000 square metres of commercial floorspace.
From facing the development, turn right (east) and walk along Nestles Avenue to the end, turning right into North Hyde Gardens then left along North Hyde Road. Cross this road before the large roundabout, at which you turn right and follow the pedestrian / cycle path alongside The Parkway. Carry on under the M4 then turn right towards Cranford Park, taking the next turn right which leads into the park. Your destination is straight ahead.
Walking time 20 minutes
Cranford Stable Block and St Dunstan’s Church, The Parkway, Cranford TW5 9RZ
18th century stables of former Cranford House, seat of the Earls of Berkeley. Ha-ha and enclosed courtyard (the Secret Garden). St. Dunstan's Church with 17th century funeral monuments; 20th century work by Martin Travers.
Follow paths through Cranford Park so that you keep parallel to the M4. On reaching the next main road go under that and then follow the path as it curves to the left (away from the motorway). It will rejoin the main road, turn right onto it, then first (sharp) right into St Peters Way where your destination is in front of you.
Walking time 20 minutes
St Peter & St Paul Church, St Peter’s Way, High Street, Harlington
Grade I listed church dating from 1086, with Norman font and Norman stone arch, carved with cats heads. Interesting monuments including Easter sepulchre, ancient yew tree in churchyard. Good restoration between 1830 and 1860.
Continue along St Peters Way and cross the bridge over the motorway, then turn right (Shepiston Lane). Go straight on at the roundabout (now Dawley Road) and continue straight at the next one to cross the railway. At the following roundabout turn right into Blyth Road and your destination is on the right.
Walking time 25 minutes
The Old Vinyl Factory, 252-254 Blyth Road, Hayes, UB3 1HA
A fine collection of Art Deco buildings, formerly EMI's UK HQ. A process of refurbishment of operational buildings is currently underway.