overhaul of Burnham's Manor House 'to be completed in May'
to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £250,000
refurbishment is due to be completed next month.
Watermark Financial Solutions took
over the landmark last year and work is currently underway
on a major revamp so the firm can move from its existing smaller
premises in the High Street.
project to modern the builidng has suffered several setbacks,
including a break-in during January when vandals caused damage,
as reported here,
and more recently the icy weather has delayed progress.
Woods, owner of the building, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week:
"The outside rendering has not been possible due to the icy
weather so we have been delayed, but we are hoping to move in
at some point in May."
project aims to improve and modernise the interior and exteior
building, which was built in 1841 and was originally the home
of well-known Burnham resident George Reed.
Manor House and gardens were sold to Burnham Urban District Council
in April 1904, then in 1974 Sedgemoor District Council took over
the building for offices. The house was sold in February 2000
to the Ashfield Trust, while the gardens remained in Sedgemoor's
hands. However, when the Ashfield Trust moved out in 2010, the
building was put up for sale and it was sold to Mr Woods in 2012.
Top, how the Manor House currently looks and, above, owner Mark
Woods at the start of the development last year