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Grant gives property new lease of life

A prime Boston town centre property has been given a new lease of life thanks to a generous shop fronts reinstatement funding project.

The owners of 3 Church Street are the latest to take advantage of a grant to reinstate the traditional timber shop front.

The ground-floor shop is to become a Mexican restaurant and there are flats on the first and second floors.

The property qualified for grant of just over £15,000 from the Boston Heritage Grants scheme to help with the costs of the work.

The late 18th century building - Grade II listed - was in a poor state of repair with inappropriate 20th century alterations to the front elevation.

The grant was a contribution towards the cost of reinstating a traditional timber shop front appropriate to the period of the property, reinstatement of a tripartite sash on the first floor and repairs to historic joinery. Repairs were also undertaken to the roof and rainwater goods.

It is the first project in town to receive funding from the scheme for a complete frontage refurbishment. Hoppers jewellers, at 49 Market Place, previously received a 50 per cent grant towards the cost of repairs to sash windows, some of which may have been more than 200 years old. Guttering and lead work was also reinstated and the frontage was redecorated.

Much of the current grant funding is already allocated, but the council is interested to hear from other property owners interested in improving their properties as there is a possibility of accessing further funding if the council can demonstrate need and demand.

The grant scheme was launched by English Heritage and the council to encourage property owners in and around the Market Place to come forward and improve the appearance of their own premises to complement the recent refurbishment of the Market Place. Buildings within Boston Town Conservation Area are eligible. Contact Liz Bates on 01205 314339 or email liz.bates@boston.gov.uk for more information.

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Two views of the Church Street property - before and after the renovation