IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Taunton Dean BC issues Urgent Works Notice to Tonedale House owners

websiteThe Somerset County Gazette has reported on how Taunton Dean Borough Council (BC) has served an Urgent Works Notice on the owners of a historic building, Tonedale House in Wellington, Somerset.

The Somerset County Gazette writes:

Developer Mancraft Ltd has been reportedly carrying out unathorised works at Tonedale House.  Tonedale House is part of the historically significant Tonedale Mill complex.  The council says the unauthorised works have undermined the structural integrity of the building and harmed its historic fabric. The Urgent Works Notice will provide temporary measures to secure the building while the council investigates future options to secure the long term preservation of the building.

The council, with the support of Historic England, has commenced the temporary work necessary to secure the building in the short-term. Together they will continue to investigate the future of the derelict part of the Grade II* listed Tonedale Mill site which is owned by Mancraft Ltd.

Leader of the borough council, Cllr John Williams, said: ‘This is a significant step forward in the extremely important task of protecting the Tonedale Mill comp’ex which is an important part of our national and local industrial heritage.’

Tonedale House – not to be confused with the Big House Co’s Tone Dale House in Wellington – was built by Thomas Fox and his wife Sarah in 1801 beside their woollen mill. The house was divided in the late 19th century and part of the house was incorporated into the mill.

The mill was built in the late 18th century for Fox Bros and was used for wool preparation and yarn spinning. At its peak around 6,500 metres of material was produced at the factory each day. The mill complex was the largest woollen mill in the South West of England.

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