Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust


1963 - 2018

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Cromer Windmill, Ardeley Grade II* listed  c1960 and today

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Hertfordshire Building  Preservation Trust Objectives

  • preserving buildings of architectural and historic importance
  • helping to rescue buildings at risk
  • organising conservation seminars, exhibitions and visits
  • providing learning and outreach programmes for young people
  • managing two heritage museums and a medieval hall
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The Much Hadham Forge Museum is set in an attractive Grade II* listed building situated in the picturesque village of Much Hadham. The Page family ran the village smithy at Much Hadham until 1983, when Charles Page died aged 91. Charles’s daughter, Miss Jean Page, conveyed the forge and its two cottages to the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust by Deed of Gift in 1988.

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Place House was acquired by the Trust in 1972 and following its restoration was re-opened on the 8th July 1978 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Although originally listed as Grade II* building, it was upgraded to Grade I listed building in 1995.

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Castle Cottages, Hertford

The five cottages were conveyed to the Trust in 1971/2 by the Hertford Borough Council. The Trust sought funds for renovation and to return them back to residential use. This was achieved by 1976.