THE OLD Toll House is set to be restored to its former glory after securing two major grants totalling more than £400,000.
The money will help Stratford Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) start restoration and refurbishment work on the Grade I listed building – which is in such bad shape it has a place on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £232,400 enterprise grant and Historic England awarded a £182,000 building repair grant towards the building on Clopton Bridge.
SHBT chairman Kevin Bond said: “This is brilliant news for the Old Toll House. The project has seen quite a few false dawns over the years, but securing these grants means we can now at last start work on restoring this splendid historic building.
“We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England as their support has been critical to making the project a reality.”
The restoration project – which is set to start in September – will preserve the 200-year-old building and turn it into office space on the ground and second floor. There will also be an exhibition on the building’s history in the basement.
Historic England planning director for the region, Veryan Heal said: “We are very pleased to be supporting SHBT in conserving the Old Toll House, bringing it back into beneficial use. “This beautiful, important building is one of our top ten Heritage at Risk priorities in the West Midlands and we are delighted to be part of this project.”