Visitors will be welcomed back to one of the region’s oldest buildings at the weekend in the first in a series of monthly guided tours.

The 600-year-old Croxley Great Barn, in the grounds of the St Joan of Arc School, had been off-limits to the public since the mid 1970s.

But control has now been passed to the Three Rivers Museum, whose volunteers are to deliver guided tours.

People wishing to attend the inaugural viewing should gather in Caravan Lane, Rickmansworth, at 10.30am on Saturday.

To confirm you attendance call Barbara Owen on 01923 772325.

Mrs Owen said: “It’s a hidden gem that most people don’t know exists. It was such a shame to see it just rotting away so we applied for control of it and repaired what was necessary.

“It’s a beautiful building that used to belong to the Abbot Of St Albans. We’re delighted to be able to take people to it.”