Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative transforms twenty seven historic buildings

09/07/2018, PR8839

Ponte THI Red Lion
Pontefract THI transforms town centre buildings

Twenty seven town centre buildings in the historic market town have been protected thanks to the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). This involved an extensive programmes of works to preserve its special heritage for many years to come.

The Pontefract THI scheme, jointly funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has targeted dozens of buildings with architectural and historic features. The scheme, which began in 2011, has now been completed after recently restoring important historic buildings in the Pontefract Market Place Conservation Area.

These include the Red Lion a Grade II listed building, which has seen comprehensive works to the front, rear and roof of the building restoring architectural details and brickwork back to their original appearance. And 43 Ropergate (Ropergate House) one of the finest examples of a Georgian building in Pontefract has been transformed with new windows, repaired brickwork and redecoration.

Other notable buildings improved through the grant include 10 Market Place, the Liquorice Bush and 1-7 Finkle Street. Six buildings located on Gillygate have also been improved attracting new business to invest there, including Pickerings of Pontefract, to create a new attractive shopping destination for the town.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted that this scheme has been so successful and we have been able to safeguard and enhance so many important historic buildings in the town centre. These buildings have been preserved so that future generations to come can enjoy Pontefract’s rich heritage and has helped to improve the town centre for businesses, residents and visitors.”

The THI has funded the repair of key historic buildings in Pontefract’s town centre on Gillygate, Ropergate and Market Place.

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