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Major restoration programme ends
Feathers factory before restoration
The factory was restored thanks to the Townscape Heritage Initiative
A 25-year restoration programme in the Mendips has come to an end.

Since the late 1970s, 1.8m of public money has been ploughed into 164 redundant and listed buildings in Frome to regenerate and restore them.

The latest project has been the 17th Century Crown Hotel. About 46,000 has been spent on its upper floors so the hotel can fully reopen later this year.

"I am delighted to see that this extensive work is coming to fruition," said Frome councillor Elizabeth John.

Frome has 373 listed buildings.

Large investment

Initially, 58 properties had 122,764 spent on them through funding from Mendip District Council under the Local Authorities (historic buildings) Act 1962.

Between 1988 and 1996, 200,000 was spent under the Frome Town Scheme through a partnership between the District, Frome Town and Somerset County Councils.

The cash they ploughed into the project was match-funded by English Heritage.

The Frome Conservation Area Partnership between 1996 and 1999 was the second largest investment for Frome spending 450,000, again with a large amount of funding provided by English Heritage.

Feathers factory after restoration
Frome has 373 listed buildings
Among the 33 projects under this project was the rescue of the Monmouth House.

The biggest investment began in 1999 when a five-year Townscape Heritage Initiative project got underway.

Thirty-eight projects received a share of 777,289 with some of the more high profile projects including the restoration of the Lamb Brewery and Feather Factory and a revamp of the Frome Museum and Sun Inn.

A large proportion of funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund following a successful grant application.

The latest scheme is the Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme that brought 279,000 into Frome.

Properties in Bath Street, Keyford and the Market Place received grant aid.

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