THE Leominster High Street Heritage Action Zone plan is set to enhance the town for retailers and visitors.

The plan, which aimed to restore heritage features on properties in Leominster town centre, is now complete.

Improvements to the building structure and facades of three key historic buildings in the town have been made to reflect the original detail and character of the properties.


Parry’s, a traditional style fruit and veg shop in in the high street, has received a facelift, with the replacement of cast iron guttering and timber facias and soffits, pointing and window repair.

The roof was replaced at the Rankin Club in Corn Square along with repairs to the sash windows, chimneys and the stucco facade. During initial work, older window openings were found, which have now been reinstated and the whole building has been painted heritage paint colours to highlight the original row of terraced buildings.

Both 26 and 26a Broad Street have also seen their external features transformed with the reinstatement of carved stone mouldings, repairs to the pediment to retain lost detailing and works to the stone decorative cornice and associated parapet. The chimney was also repaired, and three windows replaced with more historically accurate style.

Deborah Williams, Historic England’s Head of Region for the Midlands, said: "It’s great to see the plans for the work in Leominster taking shape as part of its heritage led regeneration.

"The works will help to give the public spaces a new lease of life, support local businesses and provide a destination for visitors. I am delighted to see the Leominster High Street Heritage Action Zone now having a real effect on the ground, in this and other projects, and helping the town to move forward.

Cllr Trish Marsh, who represents Leominster North, added: "Our historic buildings are home to many independent shops and eateries and are at the heart of our wonderful town. We’re proud to continue to welcome people from near and far to Leominster, as we seek to provide an attractive place where people want to linger and meet, and an environment that encourages us all to explore our many local businesses."


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