Image demonstrating Residents invited on free tour of Hexham’s historic coaching inn 

Residents invited on free tour of Hexham’s historic coaching inn 

Local residents are being invited to book onto a free tour of the Coach and Horses public house in Hexham to find out more about the restoration work that is taking place on the historic building. 
The old coaching inn on Priestpopple has offered hospitality to local residents and visitors alike since at least 1834. 
It has a central coach arch, a coach house to the rear of the premises and a number of unique features, so it is a building of considerable historic interest. 
The property is currently undergoing a restoration project to preserve, upgrade and breathe new life into the building. 
Participants on the tours will have an opportunity to hear about the history of the inn, see the work in progress and meet those restoring the building.  
The free tours will take place on Tuesday May 24 and Wednesday June 15 between 1.30-2.30pm. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. 
The restoration scheme has been awarded £240k through the Hexham High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme (HSHAZ), which is part of a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England.  It’s designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. 
The tours are also part of the HSHAZ scheme aimed at engaging and educating the local community about the history of the town. 
Northumberland County Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, cabinet member for Business said: 
“The inn was built in the era of the stagecoach, so it has a vibrant and interesting past.  I encourage anyone who has an interest in the history of Hexham, or who would like to learn more about the work that is taking place to restore the heart of the town, to take advantage of the free event.” 

To pre-book a free place go to  Spaces will be limited on each tour as it is a live construction site. Hard hats will be provided and flat, sensible footwear is advised. 
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