£45,000 boost for town hall repair project

Councillors Jayne Booth, Mayor of Todmorden and Janet Battye at Todmorden Town Hall
Councillors Jayne Booth, Mayor of Todmorden and Janet Battye at Todmorden Town Hall

Todmorden Town Hall has received £45,000 from a heritage fund to enable repairs and conservation work to be carried out at the listed building.

The iconic structure, which has been placed on English Heritage’s ”At risk” register, has recently undertaken major roofing repairs and stonework repointing.

The grant will help towards conservation work on the building’s tympanum statues and replace acid-etched cracked glazing in the roundel windows.

The money has been award by WREN, a not-for-profit company which is part of a national heritage fund that helps to protect buildings of historical importance across the UK.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “We’re delighted to support the restoration of Todmorden Town Hall and look forward to seeing the project progress.”

News of the funding has been welcomed by councillors, the town hall working group and Todmorden Civic Society.

Darren Midgley, chairman of the civic society and a member of the working group, said: “It’s great news that Todmorden Town Hall has secured funding for these urgent and necessary repairs.

“This magnificent building is the jewel in the crown of Todmorden and it is only right that it should be maintained.”

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We’d like to thank WREN for the funding, which will contribute significantly to reinvigorating this striking building.”

Coun Janet Battye, of the working group, said: “I’m delighted.

“Our vision is to have the town hall open and used by local people and visitors every day.”

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth said: “It’s a really positive step.

“Let’s hope the Todmorden Development Board and the town hall working group can continue to secure funding to support the vibrant opportunities that the town hall can provide from a tourism and economic point of view.”