THE HISTORIC Old Toll House in Stratford will be opening its door to visitors again in March.
The landmark grade I-listed building on Clopton Bridge is currently undergoing a £450,000 restoration being overseen by Stratford Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT), and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Stratford District Council and a range of charitable trusts.
And every Thursday throughout March – following successful open days in January and February – people will have a further chance to cast an eye over the restoration.
All tours start at 11am and last about 30 minutes. Practical clothing is recommended and visitors need to be sufficiently mobile to climb up and down ladders. There is no charge but donations to the trust are welcomed. Booking is essential as places are limited to six people per tour. To reserve a place call Chris Rice on 07808 887183.
Project Organiser Chris Rice said: ‘We were delighted by the interest shown in our earlier tours and since we couldn’t accommodate everyone we were keen to offer some more dates’.
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.
The project will also include a display area in the basement and a range of activities to explore both the history of the Toll House and also the wider industrial heritage of Stratford, much of which was originally located along the Avon and around the canal basin.
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.
Email [email protected] for details on renting the Toll House as an office when the works are expected to be completed in June.