Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association are opening Rockland House to the public on Saturday 10th September as part of European Heritage Open Days.
Located beside the organisation’s headquarters at 1 Wesley Court, Belfast Road, Carrickfergus, Rockland House will be open on Saturday 10th September 2016 from 10.00am to 2.00pm as part of European Heritage Open Days.
Mrs Geraldine Gilpin, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association, explains why it’s important for the local community to appreciate the building and why they will be serving afternoon tea throughout the Open Day on Saturday 10th September.
“Rockland House was built in the 1820s for the Inspecting Commander of the Coastguards. With its elegant and distinctive facade, it is a familiar Carrickfergus landmark for daily commuters and local residents. Now a Grade 2 listed building, the detached symmetrical, three-bay two-storey house was renovated in 1995, though many of its original details remain intact.
The house is situated on the site of a Sheltered Scheme for older people. The ground floor is used to hold activities for tenants in the sheltered scheme and has an attractive hallway and lounge with a range of original features. Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association is keen to restore the house to its former glory, so on Saturday 1oth September, from 10.00am to 2.00pm, we will be offering visitors the opportunity to take in the atmosphere and spend some time sampling our staff’s fantastic baking skills. We will be serving tea and home-baked treats for a small donation. There is no charge to view the house. All the monies raised will go towards the restoration fund.”
Rockland House is just one of over 300 properties that will be opening its doors for free as part of European Heritage Open Days 2016. The historic environment in Northern Ireland is an asset of enormous cultural, social, economic and environmental value. This year’s European Heritage Open Days 2016 theme aims to show how local communities can come together to preserve cultural heritage and show us how communities lived in the past. Community is central to the Abbeyfield and Wesley ethos and guiding principles.
Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association provide a range of high quality accommodation and services to older people throughout Northern Ireland, from purpose built apartments, right through to sheltered bungalows and flats, supported sheltered houses and residential care.