SIR William Turner's Chapel at Kirkleatham will be open to visitors every Sunday afternoon throughout August.

The seventeenth century chapel dates from the time of King Charles II and has remained virtually unaltered since it was remodelled in 1742. It stands at the centre of the 325-year-old almshouses in Kirkleatham village on the outskirts of Redcar.

Sir William built the almshouses in 1676 to provide sheltered accommodation for 20 retired men and women.

For 200 years the almshouses also provided free accommodation and education for 20 boys and girls aged between nine and 16. This ended in the Forties.

The chapel is used for worship on the first and third Wednesday of each month by almshouses' residents and their families, friends and neighbours from the village of Kirkleatham.

The almshouses are in the middle of a £1.7m improvement, largely funded by the Housing Corporation, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Almshouses Association.

The project is managed by Tees Valley Housing Group on behalf of the trustees.

The chapel will be open every Sunday afternoon this month from 2pm until 4pm. Admission is free.