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Todmorden Town Hall to get £50k revamp
3:41pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A LANDMARK which once denoted the boundary between Lancashire and Yorkshire is set to benefit from a £50,000 revamp.
Todmorden Town Hall, which straddles the River Calder, was built over the ancient dividing line between the red and white rose counties, before the line was redrawn in 1888.
The political seat, designed by John Gibson, which dates back to 1860, has been the subject of a number of restoration bids in recent years.
The latest overhaul, backed by WREN, the landfill tax charity, will see statues in the gable end restored, and repairs to various roundel windows.
Town councillors agreed to contribute £5,000 towards the scheme, with the remainder being donated by WREN.
Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s environ-ment cabinet member, said: “The town hall is a real landmark in the town.
“It’s valued by the community, and many of its features pay tribute to Todmorden’s role in local history.
“We’d like to thank WREN for the funding, which will contribute significantly to reinvigorating this striking building.”
Crumbling stonework has seen the Burnley Road edifice surrounded by scaffolding in recent years, and restoration work totalling around £300,000 has been carried out.
Further significant problems have also been previously identified with the grade I listed structure’s roof.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “We’re delighted to support the restoration of Todmorden Town Hall, and look forward to seeing the project progress.”
Back in 2011, ambitious £5million proposals were put forward for Heritage Lottery Fund support, which would have also seen a new mayor’s parlour, and civic reception area created, alongside the repairs.
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