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29th Jun, 2022

Historic Old Toll House comes to life in new exhibition

THE HISTORIC Old Toll House is the focus of an exhibition.

Stratford Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is currently overseeing a £450,000 restoration the landmark grade I-listed building on Clopton Bridge.

The exhibition, at Escape Arts’ Old Slaughterhouse headquarters, presents a ‘horrible histories’ style take on the 200 plus year building, and also tells the story of the industrial development of the riverside in the 19th century and its transformation to that seen today.

Chris Rice from SHBT said: “We are delighted to be working on this exhibition which forms part of the wider engagement of the Toll House restoration project.

“The Old Slaughterhouse is an ideal venue for the display, as like the Toll House it forms part of the town’s less well-known industrial heritage which deserves to be preserved and celebrated.”

Chris will be hosting a talk on the project at the Old Slaughterhouse on June 15, starting at 7pm.

The Old Toll House was built in 1814 but over the last 30 years it has fallen into serious disrepair and has been included on Historic England’s Register of Buildings at Risk.

The restoration is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Stratford District Council and a range of charitable trusts.

When completed the upper levels of the building will be available to rent as office space, which will provide the trust with income to put towards rescuing other local historic buildings at risk.

Visit escapearts.org.uk to find out more.

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