Gloucester Civic Trust is restoring the buildings known as Bishop Hooper’s House. A three- year project will restore the fabric of the buildings, create access-for-all to most of the rooms and create an exciting and vibrant cultural heritage centre with new displays and a programme of cultural events, concerts, and activities.
During the first phase, urgent restoration work is needed to conserve the façade of numbers 99-103 Westgate Street.
The Trust has already raised £54,000 towards a total of £74,000 needed for this work and now need an addition £20, 000 for the work that will repair and conserve the damaged façade.
The Trust is now managing The Folk, which was bought by Gloucester Historic Buildings Limited from Gloucester City Council in 2021. The buildings used to house Gloucester Folk Museum and they have a place in the hearts of many Gloucester residents who remember visiting as youngsters.
“The repair works are required to provide lasting improvements to the appearance and integrity of the distinctive street facade of the Folk of Gloucester. These repairs will address on-going issues with the timber frame itself, addressing rot and insect damage, as well as measures to slow down the effects of weathering. The frame infill, consisting of brickwork and wattle and daub, will be stripped of its damaging modern paints which impair breathability and movement within the structure, repaired where required, and re-finished in traditional limewash. The colour of the limewash will be different for each part of the three former townhouses that make up the Folk to reflect historic colours and the different ownership and uses of the buildings”, Jonah Jay, architect for The Folk
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