With Doors Open Days just around the corner, we are kicking off August by posting an alphabet of some of the fantastic buildings that will be open next month!
F is for Falkirk Steeple, tours and access to two prison cells (lockups) for Doors Open Days in Falkirk on Saturday and Sunday, the 15th and 16th of September.
Completed in 1814 according to designs by David Hamilton of Glasgow the Steeple is the iconic landmark of the town. 140ft tall, it has four stages – the bottom being severe Florentine; the second Greek Doric; the third or clock chamber Italianate; and the belfry Ionic. It was constructed to house the town’s bell and clock, as well as containing temporary lockups. The design was a reflection of civic pride. The original Steeple on the site was erected in 1697 and was the first building to be owned by the Stentmasters – the precursor of the town council.
The building has just been completely refurbished as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative and this will be your first opportunity to see the results. During this weekend there will be an opportunity to inspect the two prison cells (lockups). These retain their original reinforced doors and traces of the iron cladding of both the ceilings and the floors. People had escaped from the previous tolbooth, but this was not going to happen here!
Booking for tours is recommended in order to avoid disappointment - free at the Booking Office! 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 15th September and 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 16th September.
Visit the "Find a Building" section of our website to find out what buildings will open near you in September!