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Stapenhill eyesore turned in to a pride and joy

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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ONE of Burton's oldest buildings has nearly been completely transformed – from eyesore to eye-catching.

In a matter of months, Ferry House, in The Dingle, Stapenhill, has been turned around from a dilapidated wreck to a building that is starting to look likes its former glory.

These latest pictures, supplied by historian Arthur Roe, show how owner Peter Robinson has almost completed his dream of renovating the property.

Rooms that were once filled with dust and piled high with rubbish are now fit to live in after being stunningly renovated.

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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 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 was built in 1771, is reminiscent of the era of pre-industrialisation and is one of the only Georgian properties within the area.

In 2010, plans for its demolition were approved by East Staffordshire Borough Council planning officers despite widespread objections.

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

However, the property was snapped up by Mr Robinson who vowed to restore back to its glory days.

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

Mr Roe told of his delight with the project. He said: "I was over the moon when I learned that it would not be demolished and, instead, would be redeveloped and returned to its former glorious self."

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  • dottykat  |  August 01 2014, 12:04PM

    Just goes to prove that old isn't necessarily bad. How frustrating are Burton planners who, it would appear, have not a caring thought for the heritage of our town. Well done and a Burtonians thanks for what you have done in saving part of our history. Wonder if you'll get a 'job for life' like the Ferrymen used to be granted. Had the Council not decided to repair the Ferry Bridge you could have got out your ferry boat and punted people across the river, probably have to charge them more than 1d. though!

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