Hungerford Town Hall is about to undergo its first major refurbishment in over 30 years. The works, which will cost the charity £40,000, will address a wide range of problems in the building and bring it back into good condition.
The works were identified in a survey undertaken on behalf of the charity by a specialist in stone and historic buildings. The refurbishment works include:
• Roof repairs
• Stonework repairs
• Drainage improvements
• Improved bird-proofing and pigeon protection
• Removal of trip hazards on the veranda
A grant has been generously provided by Greenham Common Trust of £5,000 towards the costs.
The Constable of the Town & Manor, Ellie Dickins said, “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to identify these works in good time and fund them from our income derived from the rest of the charity’s estate. The Town Hall is an iconic building for Hungerford and I’m proud that we can look after it properly to ensure it can be used fully as a community building.”
The works will be undertaken over a six-week period starting in mid-September by a specialist stone buildings contractor, Crowstep and supervised by local architectural designers Orange Key.
About Hungerford Town Hall and The Town and Manor of Hungerford
Hungerford Town Hall is the only privately owned Town Hall in the country. The maintenance and operation costs of running the Town Hall are met by the charity, making it independent of the need to raise funds through local government taxation. The first town hall was believed to have been built in Hungerford in 1267.
Over the centuries, the Town Hall has been rebuilt four times, with the current Town Hall being built in 1871. It was Grade II listed in 1984 and comprises of three sections which include the two-storey Town Hall, the Corn Exchange hall and the kitchen and storage area extension to the rear.
The Town and Manor of Hungerford is a charity which manages the buildings and land owned by the Commoners. The Trustees are chaired by the Constable and supported by a CEO. It manages over 400 acres of land around Hungerford including Hungerford Common and Freeman’s Marsh.
The images show (left to right) some of the aspects of the work:
1 Repairs to the pointing on the front steps.
2 Plaster repair in the entrance hall.
3 Removal of corroded iron pipe and repair of stonework.
4 Timber-edge protection needed to walkway.
5 Removal of moss growth on the cornice beneath ballustrade at the front of the building.