6th Dec, 2016

Old Toll House set to be restored to former glory

Stratford Editorial 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THOSE restoring the Old Toll House want to ‘shout their plans from the rooftops’.

Stratford Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) are keeping residents updated with their progress at public consultation sessions tomorrow (Thursday) and Saturday (February 13) between 10am and noon.

The trust plan to use the session at Cox’s Yard, Bridgefoot as a chance to inform residents on the progress of the project, which will see the grade I listed building restored to its former glory. They also hope to get feedback and ideas from the public on how to showcase the history of the building and the area surrounding it.

The £400,000 restoration project – which is being funded by trust and charity grants – 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.

SHBT trustee Roger Davis said: “We are delighted that the project has now got to the stage where we can shout about it a bit more to the people of Stratford.

“We also want to hear the views and ideas of local people to ensure the maximum amount of public interest and community involvement. While the restoration of the Toll House building is our main objective, the other important element of the project is to share with people the little known story of how the Bancroft and Bridgefoot area was once the industrial hub of the town.”