At the heart of Ledbury is a group of historic buildings facing an uncertain future. Together they play a major part in giving the town its unique character. They are:
- Barrett Browning Institute
- Burgage Hall
- Butcher Row House Museum
- Heritage Centre
- Market House
- Town Council Offices (including the Painted Room)
They are under used, in some cases needing renovation, they duplicate facilities and functions and they do not generate sufficient income to cover either their everyday costs or their long term care.
Ledbury & District Civic Society joined with Ledbury Town Council, Herefordshire Council, the Trustees of the Barrett Browning Institute and the Ledbury Area Development Trust to find a sustainable future for the six buildings.
The group is now a registered charity called Ledbury Places.
It aims to find ways to conserve the buildings and to maximise public access and benefit whilst ensuring they cover all their costs. It wants them to play a major part in our community and bring it closer together.
In this way they can continue to provide a good basis for the promotion of Ledbury as a vibrant heritage, cultural, retail and tourism centre, and be places from which necessary services can be delivered to local residents and visitors.
You can find out more about the charity on the Ledbury Places website.