PLB : Consultation underway to help unearth hidden gem in Ledburys history- Creative design and consultancy for cultural and natural heritage

Consultation underway to help unearth hidden gem in Ledburys history

Heritage design consultancy, PLB, is leading on-going public consultations as part of a scheme which will reveal and revitalise a medieval building in the heart of a wider regeneration scheme in the historic town of Ledbury.

Working with Herefordshire Council and partners, PLB is carrying out consultations for the Master’s House project to establish how Ledbury residents view the site and how they want their heritage to be interpreted.

The Master’s House sits within the St Katherine’s complex, which once provided welcome, hospitality and help to travellers. The original 15th century timber-framed building is currently hidden behind later building additions.

The redeveloped town centre site on which the Master’s House sits will house a new library alongside county council offices, community and voluntary services, a county history group and an archive of works by celebrated local author and poet laureate, John Masefield.

Over the coming months, PLB will work with the local authority team and community partners to prepare interpretive design, audience development, access, volunteer and activity plans to support the council’s round two Heritage Lottery Fund bid, which would enable the reinvention of the Master’s House within the overall scheme.

PLB project director Sarah Oswald says this project has scope to see the existing building transformed to reveal an historic landmark and provide access to local services and information, as well as giving local people and visitors access an opportunity to discover part of Ledbury’s history.

“The Master’s House is a most unusual building - a real hidden gem,” she says. “It was originally constructed to give the Master of St Katherine’s a home that reflected his status, and was subsequently concealed under facades and infill added over the 18th and 19th centuries.

“Revealing and preserving it as part of the overall redevelopment would provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase part of Ledbury’s rich heritage.”

Head of special projects at Herefordshire Council, Andy Tector, adds: “This is a very important site for the town, and its regeneration has generated support from a lot of local people and community groups.

“It is our aim to sensitively redevelop the site and provide a resource for the town, as well as a place where local people and visitors can see and learn more about Ledbury’s history.

“PLB demonstrated great vision for what can be achieved here, and we’re looking forward to drawing on their expertise to help us achieve our goal of preserving a piece of local history and making it available and accessible to the public.”

The project blog,, gives further information on the Master’s House project.

Posted 4th September 2012

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