Author: CHB

Norfolk church tower ‘saved’ by emergency Norfolk church tower ‘saved’ by emergency £280,000 grant

A medieval church tower has been saved from threatened collapse after being awarded £280,000 in emergency funding. The 14th Century St Mary’s Church in North Tuddenham, near Dereham, Norfolk, has been granted the money by Historic England in an “exceptional case”. The Grade I listed building was put on its “at risk” register in 2017. Mike Smith, the church’s fabric officer, said the structure was “steeped in 650 years of history” that he had feared would be “lost forever”. Places of worship are not normally entitled to apply for Historic England grants, but the government body said it stepped...

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Judge’s Lodging museum in Presteigne plans cafe and holiday lets

The future of a Powys town’s landmark building could be secured by the opening of a cafe and holiday lets. Listed building consent is being sought for the work on the Judge’s Lodging museum in Presteigne. The Grade II-listed premises were built in the 1820s as a court room with offices and living accommodation. Agents for the applicants claimed the cafe and accommodation would generate income for both the museum and the town. The neo-classical building is currently an attraction depicting how judges, court staff and prisoners lived in the 19th Century, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service....

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A historic West San Antonio building saved from demolition

What’s next for a building that was saved from demolition by community members and leaders on the city’s West Side? The Basila Frocks Building holds great value and history of the community, but remains empty and rundown. “A loss of this building, as was proposed during the demolition, would have been a critical loss to the West Side in terms of losing that culture and history,” Ramiro González said. González is the CEO of the Westside Development Corporation, current owners of the Basila Frocks Building. González said engineers deemed the building’s foundation as solid as its history. “There’s people...

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Museum of London will preserve hidden cocoa drinking rooms

The museum that will never sleep is to put a rediscovered temperance hub at its heart. A 19th-century cocoa room installed to lure workers away from breakfast bottles of ale has been found on the site of the new Museum of London at Smithfield meat market. The Lockhart Cocoa Room, complete with temperance meeting room on the first floor, will now be incorporated into an entrance to the £337 million complex. Paul Williams, whose practice Stanton Williams Architects has drawn up the plan for the site, said the rooms had been boarded up. “When the boards were taken away...

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Historic New Zealand building saved by $3m grant

A $3 million Ministry of Education grant has saved a historic New Zealand building. Otago Boys’ High School (OBHS) is one of New Zealand’s oldest boys’ secondary schools, located in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Originally known as Dunedin High School, it was founded on 3rd August 1863 and moved to its present site in 1885. The main building was designed by Robert Lawson and is regarded as one of the finest Gothic revival structures in the country. The building will be redeveloped as a music and performing arts centre. The Shand building was opened as the school’s science building...

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