Geograph 1103756 By P L Chadwick

A major restoration of a 400 year old landmark building is under way in Bromsgrove.

The iconic Tudor House was built on the High Street in 1572. At first a home for a wealthy owner, it later became an inn before being dismantled and moved to make way for the road it now sits on, New Road, which Victorian engineers created to the train station during the railway boom of the mid-nineteenth century.

Now major works have begun to repair and renew the building’s black and white oak frames and lime plaster panels, as well as its windows and roofs and its cast iron rainwater goods, and a modern dwarf boundary wall is being reinstated with cast iron railings.

The unique Grade II-listed timber-framed building received a grant of up to £237,000 from the town’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) for the range of works, making it the biggest THI project after the total overhaul of the High Street.

Cllr Kit Taylor, portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, said: “We’re pleased to work with the owner of Tudor House as it is a priority building that was at risk. Without grant aid it would probably never have been restored because it would never have been economically viable. It had fallen into what the experts call the conservation gap - where the cost of repairs to old buildings outstrips their market value. That’s where conservation funding comes in and helps protect our heritage.”

Nick Joyce Architects is overseeing the work on behalf of the property owner.

Nick Joyce said: “The Tudor House is one of the very first recorded moving of a building for which Bromsgrove was a pioneer in this country, opening the first open air buildings museum at Avoncroft in the 1960s. That 100 years earlier the threatened demolition of this building caused such a local furore that it was saved and relocated gives us a fascinating insight into the minds of a local populace and the affection they held at this early age for their historic buildings. It has been a privilege for us to have this opportunity to repair such an iconic local building.”

The £1.6 million THI is a heritage-led regeneration scheme to protect and enhance historic Bromsgrove, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council. It started in 2012 and runs until 2017.

THI grants are paid out in instalments as agreed work is completed and recipients are required to maintain the property afterwards.

If you are the owner or tenant of a listed building in the town’s conservation areas you can still apply for a THI grant before the scheme ends - find out more here.

1 3 New Road Tudor House

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P L Chadwick [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.