Owners of historic buildings in Pontefract urged to apply for grants

PR 8355
26 September 2016

Owners of historic buildings in Pontefract are being urged to apply for grants which can help to breathe new life into shops, offices and homes.

The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is aiming to preserve important historic buildings in the Pontefract Market Place Conservation Area.

Wakefield Council is making additional grants available through the scheme to help fund further conservation work in the area, such as repairing sash windows, repairing roofs and guttering and reinstating traditional shop fronts.

Councillor Pat Garbutt, Chair of the Pontefract Town Heritage Initiative Grants Board, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer further grants to owners of historic buildings. This scheme is having a really positive impact on the town centre and has restored a number of tired buildings back to their former glory.”

The scheme has already funded repairs at a number of key buildings in Pontefract’s town centre on Gillygate, Ropergate and Market Place, including 26 Market Place - a stunning former Edwardian furniture workshop (more recently Burtons' menswear) which is now home to WH Brown Estate Agents.

Property owners can find out more about the grants from the council website -

Please call 01924 303394 or email tegwenroberts@wakefield.gov.uk for details.