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Historic Weavers' Cottages saved by £730k grant
7:50am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE historic Weavers’ Cottages in Kidderminster have been saved with the help of a £730,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust can now begin repairing and refurbishing the three uninhabited Grade II listed cottages, at 20-22 Horsefair.
The Trust will be bringing the cottages back to life as residential properties. They are believed to be the last surviving examples of domestic carpet weaving residences in Kidderminster.
Wyre Forest District Council’s planning committee approved plans to refurbish the 18th century cottages and demolish the former fish and chip shop at 23 Horsefair in April.
Background research carried out during the planning process identified that the earliest cottage is believed to have been built in 1709.
The Trust hopes to preserve many of the existing materials used in the buildings but new materials will be used where this is not possible.
It also hopes to work with the Kidderminster Civic Society, Museum of Carpet and schools and colleges to develop a programme of volunteering activities including open days and opportunities to learn about building conservation skills.
Bob Tolley, chairman of Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant and I am particularly pleased, having lived for most of my life in the Kidderminster area.
“The oldest of the cottages has been a part of the Kidderminster landscape for the past 300 years and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving these important buildings for people to be able to appreciate now and in the decades to come.”
Reyahn King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands said: “These Grade II listed Weavers’ Cottages in Kidderminster are of exceptional heritage importance.
“It is lottery investment like this that gives a new lease of life to buildings that form the historic fabric of our towns and cities, and we are delighted to be able to help the Trust save them for future generations.”
Work is due to begin next Summer and the trust hopes new owners can move in by the end of next year.
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