Our Projects

Since 1988 the SBPT, working with local councils, conservation organisations and community trusts, has restored and converted a number of important historic buildings:

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Tudor House,

Langport

Built in 1776, this building was in a very poor state of repair when it was taken on by SBPT in 1991. It is now a Grade II listed building.

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Rook Lane Chapel,

Frome

A former non-conformist chapel, built in 1707 by James Pope, it closed in 1968 and was badly vandalised. The Grade 1 listed building now provides a community facility for exhibitions, receptions, meetings and concerts, with offices on the upper floor. It is also licensed for weddings.

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This 18th century folly on the Halswell Park Estate is a replica of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome. Designed by Thomas Prowse, with features by Robert Adam, it became derelict and was used as a cattle shelter. It is now open to the public on Sunday afternoons in the summer.

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Robin Hood's Hut, Goathurst

By the time SBPT came upon Robin Hood’s Hut it had no roof or windows and had lost much of its plasterwork. The Grade II listed building is now owned by the Landmark Trust and is available as a holiday let. This restoration won a commendation in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards in 2005.

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St Margaret's Almshouses, Taunton

Founded as a leper hospital in the 12th century this single storey, thatched building was later used as almshouses. From the late 1980s it stood empty and suffered from vandalism and neglect with the thatched roof being set on fire. The Grade II listed building now provides four units of social housing.

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The Warehouse,

Langport

Built in the 18th century by the Parrett Navigation Company, this building was abandoned when the river became unnavigable.  SBPT worked with Ecos Trust, English Heritage and local councils to redevelop it into a craft, heritage learning and small business centre. It is Grade II listed.

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Originally part of a Benedictine Priory, the barn had been much altered since the 14th century. SBPT co-ordinated a £550,000 renovation project on behalf of the Dunster Tithe Barn Community Hall Trust to create a multi-purpose community hall.

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Castle House,

Taunton

Built around 1480 against the inner bailey wall of Taunton Castle, this historic house needed extensive repair and renovation. The £1.1million restoration used techniques and materials that would have been familiar to the original craftsmen.

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Somerset Rural

Life Museum,

Glastonbury

The extensive £2.3 million redevelopment of the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, including repairs to the magnificent 14th century Abbey Barn 

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