Miniature castle saved after 20-year battle

Castle House in Bridgwater benefits from £600,000 restoration.

Dating back to 1844, this historic structure in Bridgwater is one of the earliest surviving examples of the use of prefabricated concrete in construction. For the first time in years, the elaborate concrete ornaments of this unique Grade II* listed building are visible again.

The SAVE Trust was set up to restore Castle House which, gutted by fire, had stood vacant for many years. The house attracted interest from a succession of potential partners and work began in 1999. The structure had to be protected against water ingress and the building disappeared under scaffolding. It has now been extensively restored, including the roofs, ceilings and concrete façade.

This was made possible thanks to major grants from Historic England and EDF Energy. Thanks is also due to Chris Balme from Ferguson Mann Architects and the contractor, Corbel Conservation, along with Sedgemoor District Council who also supported this project.

The SAVE Trust is now looking for a development partner to complete the interiors. Planning permission was granted in 2017 to convert the house into three flats. Castle House would be a fascinating place to live, full of history and remarkable Victorian features.

David Eccles, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at Hinkley Point C, said: “This is fantastic news for Bridgwater and for the preservation of rare architecture more widely. We at EDF Energy are incredibly pleased that our £200,000 of investment into the project will leave such a powerful tribute to the fascinating history and success of the town – something we are working together to take forward for many years to come.“

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