THE OLD Toll House in Stratford has welcomed its first new resident in nearly three decades.
Digital marketing agency ‘We Are Python’ recently moved into the 204-year-old grade I listed building on Clopton Bridge.
It comes after the Old Toll House was reopened to the public last year following a £450,000 restoration project carried out by Stratford Historic Building Trust.
The town landmark was erected in 1814 but in the last 30 years had fallen into serious disrepair and was included on Historic England’s Register of Buildings at Risk.
The likelihood was the building – which only served 25 years as an actual toll house – would have been knocked down had it not formed part of the structure of the bridge itself.
The Cox family used the building next to its timber yard as an office, until it closed in 1991.
Python co-director Ryan Kenny said the move marked the start of a new era for the company which provides services including website development, graphic design and digital marketing.
He added: “This unique office space is the ideal platform we need in order to progress and grow.
“It’s important for us to create a young hearted but professional environment where we can work efficiently and make clients feel welcome, this move marks the start of what is shaping up to be a highly promising venture.
“We are especially pleased to have secured an office space in Stratford which we are hoping will be central to our growth. It’s a bustling town with so many opportunities to work with a varied range of businesses.”
And with more space, the directors are preparing to recruit up to six more people this year.