Newark has a rich and varied history dating back to a charter of 664. If we think about Newark today, we think about the iconic Newark Castle which was originally a Saxon fortified manor house and over time has developed its own historical tale. We think about Newark’s important role during the National Civil War in which it was besieged on three occasions. But Newark’s history includes so much more than we might first realise.
Did you know that the Registry Office once started life as a library where men and women were kept apart in separate reading rooms and where the public were not trusted to pick out their own books from the shelves?
Did you know that the Town Hall used to be a makeshift gaol and that the cells were in use until 1941 holding some infamous criminals with their own interesting histories?
And did you know that in 1962, the driver of an Austin Mini attempted to drive along Chain Lane and got his car stuck?
The National Civil War Centre have unearthed so many wonderfully intriguing stories of the town that are now to be shared with you during two different Hidden History Walking tours of Newark.
The first tour is crammed full of intriguing stories and sites of Anglo Saxon, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian Newark. The second tour offers a fascinating insight into Newark’s crucial role in the English Civil War whilst exploring some of the towns highlights.
The Hidden History Walking Tours are held every Saturday from 11am to 12.15pm and depart from the National Civil War Centre, Appleton Gate, Newark NG24 1JY. The two walking tours alternate weekly.
Tours are included in your entrance fee to the National Civil War Centre. Until 24 July 2019, annual passes at the centre costs £8 for an adult giving you access to both tours as well as unlimited access to the National Civil War Centre for a year, including admission to two new galleries due to open in July and September 2019. Alternatively single entry access to the centre until 24 July 2019, costs £3 for an adult which includes one of the tours. Concessionary and child admission prices are also available. Single tours are also available at £5 per person without entry to the National Civil War Centre. Tours can be booked by calling 01636 655755. The National Civil War Centre is open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm and you can book your place on any Saturday tour.
For further information, please visit www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/tours or call 01636 655755.