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SLIDESHOW: Behind-the-scenes look at renovation project

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

  • Arthur Roe, launching a petition against the demolition of the Ferry House, Stapenhill..

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IT will be quite an unedifying sight for people who love architecture and history when they see the level of decay and neglect that has befallen one of Burton’s oldest buildings.

These pictures, supplied by Arthur Roe, show the true state of neglect that has riddled its way through the Ferry House, in The Dingle, Stapenhill.

The images go behind the scenes look at the Georgian home, which was built in 1771, after it was saved from demolition when a new buyer decided to turn it into a place where they can retire.

The snaps show the kitchen, various rooms, a cellar that is now filled with rubbish and the back of the property – an overgrown mess.

This is the first of a series of looks at the plans to restore the home to its former glory to be featured in the Mail.

Peter Robinson, the previous owner of Overseal House, in Overseal, is the man who has bought the property and secured its future.

He said: “Me and my wife were looking for a retirement cottage after selling Overseal House.

“We had looked all over the UK, but one day I was walking around Burton and stumbled across the Ferry House.

“It was fate really and I knew that I had to have it, so we signed on the dotted line and here we are, owners of this building.

“Our plans are to restore it to as far back as we can.

“It is nice to have saved such a big piece of the town’s history and also to be part of bringing it back to how good it used to be.”

The Ferry House was all set to become an apartment block despite a valiant effort to save it in 2010 by campaigners.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, Burton Civic Society and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings all battled to save the building in 2010, but planners still gave the go-ahead to the unpopular scheme.

Historian Arthur Roe, of Hawthorn Crescent, Stapenhill, gathered a 1,100-name petition opposing the move. He said: “I was over the moon when I learned it would not be demolished.”

The building was once the home of the ferry keepers who used to transport people across the River Trent, between Burton and Stapenhill, by boat.

The four-bedroom Ferry House, built in 1771, is reminiscent of the era of pre-industrialisation.

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