Friday, 4 March 2011

Grange Court model unveiled in Leominster

Denise Collier, Leominster Mayor Councillor Roger Hunt and Martin Baines from LARC with the new tactile model of Grange Court.
 As work progresses on Herefordshire Council’s major refurbishment of historic Grange Court in Leominster, visitors to the market town will now be able to see a model of the building as it was originally constructed.

Grange Court, which was built in 1633 by the King’s Carpenter John Abel, was originally sited at The Buttercross, on the junction of High Street and Broad Street and served as a town hall with an open-air market beneath. In 1856, Grange Court was dismantled, moved and rebuilt at its current site in Pinsley Road as a Victorian private residence.

Now a bronze tactile scale model of Grange Court has been unveiled at the building’s first site at The Buttercross.

Mayor of Leominster Councillor Roger Hunt, who unveiled the model, said: “Tourism is vital for Leominster and this model will provide another link to get tourists here as well as enticing them to go and see the original building.”

Martin Baines from the Leominster Area Regeneration Company (LARC) added: “This model is a first for Herefordshire and is the ideal way to show where Grange Court first was and what it looked like then.”

Funding for the model came from Advantage West Midlands Better Welcome Fund, Barclays Bank plc, Marches Housing Association, Leominster Civic Society, Bill Jackson and N and M Baines Architects.

The Dog Rose Trust of Ludlow advised on how the model could best be cast, the mould was made by Omega Models of Glasgow and the final casting was done by Castle Fine Arts Foundry at Oswestry.

The £2.8million “Grange Court: building in the past for the future” project, has been funded by grants from the Big Lottery Community Assets Programme (£1million), Advantage West Midlands RDPE Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) (£750,000) and Social Investment Business Community Builders Fund (£1million) with the difference made up by Marches Town Initiative funding, Leominster Town Council and Herefordshire Council.

As part of project, Herefordshire Council will transfer the freehold of the completed building to the Leominster Area Regeneration Company Limited (LARC) who will manage the new community facility.

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