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285-year-old Ribchester almshouse refurbishment
12:11pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A 285-year-old almshouse in Ribchester is set to undergo major internal refurbishment work if the plans are approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The Stydd Almshouse, which was built by the Shireburn family in 1728, is a Grade II listed building and housed the poor of the parish before being converted into four flats.
A spokesman for architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams said: “It is proposed to carry out some internal alterations which aim to enhance the current facilities and improve the comfort for residents within the individual dwellings.
“The interventions principally comprise the installation of secondary glazing and the reconfiguration of the kitchen and bathroom spaces.
“Previous considerations have included the wholesale replacement of the windows with double glazed sash units, however the view of English heritage was that this would be an excessive intervention which may have a negative aesthetic impact on the building.”
A spokesman for Ribchester Parish Council said: “The parish council welcomes the proposed sympathetic treatment to the refurbishment of this historic and iconic building.”
The plans are due to be discussed by the council in the next few weeks.
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