Robert Raikes' House, Gloucester
Historic building reopens
One of Gloucester's oldest buildings reopens after a multi-million pound restoration. We take a look around Robert Raikes' House.
For the last two years it has been under wraps during one of the most expensive restoration projects Gloucester has known.
But now one of the city's oldest buildings has finally reopened.
Throughout the centuries Robert Raikes' House in Southgate Street has served many different purposes.
It has been a pub and a shop but the timber-framed building started off life as a private house and was home to Robert Raikes, the man who started Sunday Schools.
It is thought to date from the second half of the sixteenth century has now been re-opened as a pub.
Phil Moss from the Gloucester Civic Trust says it has an interesting past:
"There are some wonderful characters associated with it.
"Robert Raikes naturally, because it's called Robert Raikes' House.
"It's associated with another great Gloucester character - Judge John Powell - who lived here towards the end of the sixteen hundreds.
"He's got a wonderful place in British legal history."
Samuel Smith's Brewery will not say how much money has been spent on the project but it is thought to be around the four and a half million pound mark.
And Phil Moss says the restoration is a success:
"It's absolutely wonderful.
"They've kept the feel of the original building.
"It's been restored to a very high degree and they've actually given us back a wonderful building, which over the years has been altered but now they have actually restored it near enough to it's original state."
last updated: 20/11/2008 at 12:28