Butcher’s shop opens thanks to historic buildings scheme

19 September 2017

An historic building in Pontefract has been brought back into use as a butcher's shop - thanks to a Wakefield Council and Heritage Lottery Fund conservation scheme.

​The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative is aiming to preserve important historic buildings in the Pontefract Market Place Conservation Area.

​The scheme's latest success has seen a building in Gillygate undergoing preservations works to make it suitable for business use. 

It is now home to butcher's 'Pickerings of Pontefract' which has moved into the premises from Pontefract Market. The shop was officially opened by Cllr David Jones,  and Cllr Pat Garbutt, Chair of the Pontefract Town Heritage Initiative Grants Board.

Cllr Jones said: "Pontefract has a wonderful heritage and I am pleased that this wonderful building has been preserved and is home to a local business.

"It's important that we are able to preserve and enhance our historic buildings. This is also helping to improve the town centre for businesses, residents and visitors."

The restoration of the building also benefitted from grant funding from the Council's  Retail Enhancement Support Scheme. The work included repairs to the roof, windows and guttering.

The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative has funded the repair of a number of other key historic buildings in Pontefract's town centre on Gillygate, Ropergate and Market Place over the past six years