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Rare chance to see progress of the Bishops Castle Town Hall build
PEOPLE have been looking behind the scenes of one of south Shropshire’s landmark buildings – and discovering some of the secrets contained in its 250- year history.
The project to breathe new life into Bishop’s Castle Town Hall is well under way and 60 people were recently taken on tours of the site to see the progress first hand.
A film has now been published online so anyone who was not able to attend the over-subscribed event can now see inside the town hall.
The 60 people who managed to book a place on the tours were shown around the building by architect Philip Belchere and archaeologist Richard Morriss.
They pointed out the variety of unexpected quirks that are being discovered as the building is stripped back to its original state.
A heritage display explaining the history of the 18th century grade-II* listed building was also on show at Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre and a number of people interested in finding out more were welcomed.
It is hoped that further tours will be arranged later this year.
The aim of the project – funded by a £676,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a number of other awards – is to sensitively transform the town hall into a thriving community resource which will be used to host markets, community events, weddings and other activities.
Contractors J Harper and Sons are doing the building work, which is expected to be completed in February.
“The heritage open day was a great success and everyone who went on the tours was really interested to see the building in its raw form,” said project manager Sam Hine.
“We are discovering plenty about the building and learning more about its fascinating 250-year history.”
The film can be seen on the town hall’s Facebook page at facebook.com/bishopscastletownhall.
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