Welcome to the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre’s website.
The Discovery Centre is located on the ground floor of Lulworth House, in the heart of Cheadle’s High Street opposite the historic market square. The building was formerly the town’s police station, and was also the hub for the town’s Pugin celebrations in 2012.
The centre is managed by the Cheadle Discovery Group, who are all volunteers and seek to keep the spirit, heritage and uniqueness of Cheadle alive.
In the Discovery Centre, there are free exhibitions all year round; and a permanent collection of items related to Augustus W.N. Pugin, the nineteenth century architect who built the town’s historic and outstanding St. Giles Catholic Church and made extensive alterations to Alton Towers.
For more information about things to see and do in Cheadle, download the town’s tourism pack below:
Cheadle Staffs Tourism Pack
Gothic Heaven or Gothic Hell
The exhibition is an exploration of the word Gothic concentrating on the good and evil connotations of the word. The Goths were the destroyers of Roman civilisation but they became lost in the mists of time and even their language died out.
The Gothic horror novel like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was a reaction to the Age of Reason which had little place for the emotional life. An awareness of the irrational in mankind led to a literature of fantasy and fear. Shelley’s Frankenstein is not the monster but the doctor who creates him. Within man is the capacity for heavenly selfless action but also hellish evil deeds. We all have a part in creating heaven or hell here in our society.
Another aspect of gothic is the group of people who call themselves modern Goths. Who are a group who though different are peaceable and should be accepted as a valuable part of a diverse society.
Another aspect of gothic is the magnificent heritage of this country, France, Germany, Spain and a number of other European countries of beautiful Gothic churches from the medieval period.
Finally comes the Gothic Revival which started with AWN Pugin and has led to countless buildings from his Palace of Westminster to the Tribune Building in Chicago. Pugin’s Gem here in Cheadle is one of the world’s finest buildings and is in the top twenty of England’s Thousand Best Churches. It is a heavenly vision of Gothic.
This exhibition will remain on display until the beginning of November.
Opening Hours :
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Volunteers are needed to open on more days, if you can help please contact us.
Special openings can be arranged for parties, contact us for details.
Occasionally a volunteer may have to close the centre early. This is a rare occurrence, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If the centre is a key part of your visit to Cheadle, please contact us ahead of time so we can ensure that we’ll be open as advertised.
Members of the Cheadle Discovery Group are able to conduct guided tours for groups (£2.50 per head), of the following venues:
Cheadle – Town Centre
St. Giles RC Church *
Alton Castle, Hospital (outside only) and St. Johns Church
All tours last around 45 minutes to an hour, this can be altered to fit your groups needs.
Please contact us for more details.
Click below for information about our tour guides:
John M. Smith
* By request, a contribution to the church is made annually by the CDG, out of funds raised through tours of the building.
Concert of Remembrance
After last year’s successful Concert of Remembrance, the Cheadle Discovery Group are holding another concert in November. Performing will be Florence Brass Band and the Fulford Community Choir. The concert is to remember all men and women, who have lost their lives in all wars.
The concert will take place at the Cheadle Academy Community Theatre on November 11th 2017.It will begin at 7:30 pm and is expected to end around 10pm.
Tickets are £7.00 and will be on sale at the Discovery Centre and also at Donald Cope & Co, just off the main car park.
Unveiling of Mary Blagg Plaque (TBC)
Permission to place the plaque and plinth has been secured from SMDC. Quotes are currently being gathered from contractors to carry out the groundwork.
It’s looking increasingly likely that the plaque will now be unveiled in 2018.