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FIXTURE FACELIFT: Historic listed building in Rickmansworth is preserved for generations thanks to council funds

 Published on: 2nd August 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A historic building in Rickmansworth has been renovated thanks to a £37,000 project funded by the building’s owner, Three Rivers District Council (TRDC).

Windows, doors, guttering, and other fixtures that were in a poor state have been replaced at Basing House, located next to the Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth.

The windows were found to be badly decayed; some were in such a poor state that they were rattling and became unsafe. Because the building is Grade II listed, which means it has a high historical interest, TRDC was careful to design the  works to retain the building’s classic appearance. The works were carried out by local contractor Expert Property Care and the eight-week programme began in May, ending last month.

The present Basing House was built in 1740 and the building is said to incorporate part of the house where William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania state in the US, lived. The building was also formerly the headquarters of TRDC until 1991.

Today, the building houses Batchworth Community Council, the Three Rivers Museum Trust and Rivertech – a local co-working space for start-up businesses and communities.

Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, Deputy Leader of TRDC and the lead member for listed buildings, said: “Not only is Basing House historically significant to the town, but it also provides a much-needed space for our communities and a local learning centre for those interested in learning the history of Rickmansworth.

“Although it is best for listed buildings to keep their original materials intact as much as possible, unfortunately in this case the windows and other features were too decayed or in a poor state to be left alone.

“I am, however, very pleased to say that the contractors did a magnificent job in retaining Basing House’s classic appearance whilst making it look tidier and more welcoming for visitors, who flock all over from the country and the world to learn more about Rickmansworth and William Penn’s life in the town.”

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