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SLIDESHOW: Changing times at old town building

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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

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WHAT a difference a few months can make.

When Peter Robinson purchased one of Burton’s oldest buildings back in February, he realised that he had a mammoth task on his hands.

Years of neglect and decay had set in at the Ferry House, in The Dingle, Stapenhill, and only a massive turnaround by all involved in an ambitious renovation plan would see it returned to its former glory.

However, these pictures, supplied by town historian Arthur Roe, show that in just four months the site has undergone a significant overhaul and is starting to be returned to happier times.

Rooms previously filled with rubbish and debris have been cleared out.

What is left might look like a shell, but the pictures show years of history appearing before the eyes of the new owner.

Wood beam ceilings, ceramic baths and antique fireplaces are just some of the gems that have been found littered through the building.

Peter Robinson, the previous owner of Overseal House, in Overseal, is the man who has bought the property, built in 1771, and secured its future.

He said: “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.

The building was once the home of the ferry keepers who used to transport people across the River Trent.

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