Grange Court in Leominster handed to charitable trust for £1

Grange Court The building originally stood in Broad Street and was dismantled and moved to the Grange in 1859

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A 17th Century market house in Herefordshire has been handed over to a charitable trust for a token payment of £1.

Grange Court in Leominster has been turned into a community, heritage and enterprise centre by the Leominster Area Regeneration Company (LARC).

The trust raised £3m in grants to fund the redevelopment.

Herefordshire Council had agreed to transfer the Grade II listed building once the project was complete.

'Custodians"

Grange Court

  • Built by John Abel in 1633.
  • It originally stood in Broad Street and housed a weekly market, selling chickens, eggs, and butter.
  • Dismantled in the mid 19th Century the timbers lay in a builder's yard until 1859.
  • It was bought by John Arkwright - inventor of the spinning jenny - and moved to the Grange.
  • The council bought the building in 1939 to stop it being moved to become the gatehouse at St Donats Castle in Wales.

The building originally stood in Broad Street and was dismantled and moved to the Grange in 1859.

In 1939, Leominster District Council made a compulsory purchase to save it from being dismantled and moved to South Wales.

It was then used as council offices until 2008.

Councillor Roger Phillips said: "This project has been a real testimony to partnership working and I'm delighted that we have reached the point where we are able to hand over Grange Court to LARC, as custodians on behalf of the Leominster community."

Established in 1995, LARC was set up as a partnership between the community, private and public sector organisations to improve the town.

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