Town's oldest residence could become micro-wedding venue - The Stratford Observer

Town's oldest residence could become micro-wedding venue

Stratford Editorial 5th Apr, 2018   0

ONE of Stratford’s oldest residences could become its smallest wedding venue.

An application has been made to Stratford District Council to turn number 2 Masons Court on Rother Street into a micro-wedding venue.

The owner wants couples to be allowed to celebrate their marriage in the 15th century property, which would be able to accommodate some 15 people.

The cottage is one of four in a grade II listed row, which was the subject of controversy after it was auctioned off by then owners Stratford Town Trust in 2016.

The trust claimed it had to sell the building to safeguard its future as it could not afford the £1million costs of required repairs and restoration.

The move sparked anger from groups including the Stratford Society and many townspeople, who criticised the trust and called on it to think again.

But the trust responded saying it was a grant-giving charity not a heritage charity, adding the funds would be redistributed into the community.

The property fetched £520,000, but was sold just six months later as four separate units for a total of £925,000.

The application is expected to be considered at the end of May.

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