Marchmont Association
Bloomsbury London WC1

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Preservation & Restoration Campaign by staff

  Preservation & Restoration Campaign


Preservation & Restoration Campaign

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We have long campaigned to promote and preserve the historic character of the area, by encouraging the owners of the many Grade II listed Georgian houses and Edwardian buildings to restore their original architectural features. We also worked in partnership with Camden Council's Conservation and Urban Design team to produce a Shop Fronts Design Manual, which helped businesses avoid making inappropriate alterations to their premises. There have been some notable examples of historic buildings being sensitively restored, including several winners of our annual Shop Front Awards.

We continue to encourage the owners and leaseholders of ground floor 'period' premises to consider undertaking the restoration of any missing, damaged or hidden historical architectural features, if and when they carry out any decoration or improvement works. Our sustained lobbying resulted in the original Georgian houses at the west end of Guilford Street, built by James Burton in the late 1790s, being largely restored to their intended permanent residential use, with their front elevations substantially restored to their original appearance (as illustrated by the photo of Nos. 70-72). We are pleased that none of these houses remains on the English Heritage 'Buildings at Risk' register.

We were very pleased when the Bloomsbury Conservation Area was extended to bring most of our area of benefit into the 'protected' zone, having lobbied the Council about this for several years. We also lobbied for the disused public conveniences at Guilford Place, which are Grade II listed, to be renovated and brought back into use. There are currently plans to turn the premises into a restaurant/bar. We have approached English Heritage about the possibility of getting further historical buildings listed, but they have told us that they are only interested in listing buildings which may be under threat. We welcomed Camden Council's 'Local List' initiative, which seeks to record all historical features not otherwise listed or identified as positive contributors to the Conservation Area. We submitted a range of buildings and objects for consideration, from Edwardian pubs and Art Deco mansion blocks to historic boundary stones, bollards and post boxes.

Follow the Flickr.com link below to view our collection of photos of listed buildings and other positive contributors to our area of benefit. You can find detailed descriptions of listed buildings on Camden Council's web site (link below). Just type in your chosen street name and all listed buildings in that street will be revealed, with brief details about their origins, any special architectural features and in most cases a recent photograph to help with identification. You can also find information about conservation and listed buildings on the English Heritage web site (link below).

If you are concerned about the condition of any historical buildings or objects in the area, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us via the 'Get involved' links on this website.

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Created On 05 November 2010

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