Maps of restoration of historic buildings unveiled in Pontefract
A set of legacy maps have been unveiled in Pontefract to mark the completion of major restoration of buildings in the Town Centre.
Legacy maps unveiled in Pontefract(l -r) Cllr David Jones, Cllr Denise Jeffery and Cllr Pat Garbutt
The Pontefract Town Heritage Initiative (THI) started in 2011 and has succeeded in preserving and improving the appearance of historically important buildings, supporting shops and other businesses.
The jointly funded Wakefield Council and Heritage Lottery Fund £1.5m scheme has seen work carried out on 27 buildings resulting in a transformation of many areas of the town.
The legacy boards celebrate the THI achievements by identifying the buildings improved through the scheme and provide historical facts, illustrations and details so residents and visitors can learn more about the history of the town.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, Cllr Pat Garbutt, Chair of the Pontefract THI Board and Cllr David Jones unveiled the legacy maps.
Cllr Pat Garbutt said: "I'm very proud of the work that's taken place to restore buildings which are so important to Pontefract's heritage and keeping them in use and safe for current and future generations. It has also helped to improve the town centre for businesses, residents and visitors."
The legacy boards are themed as the Historic Market Place (near Pontefract Town Hall) Ginnels and Burgage Plots (at the top of Valley Road) and Medieval Hidden History (at the Cornmarket near the War Memorial).
The THI has improved six buildings on the Market Place including the Red Lion, a Grade II listed building, 4 Market Place and the Liquorice Bush. 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. Further buildings on Finkle Street, Ropergate, Cornmarket and Beastfair have also been enhanced through the THI.