The Master's House

Herefordshire Council
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The Master's House, Ledbury, is a Grade 2* listed, timber frame medieval building, previously on English Heritage's "Buildings at Risk"Register. In March 2015, the project was completed to repair and regenerate the building as a community resource, including Library and One Stop Shop.
This project was made possible by a grant of £1.25 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since completion, the repaired and regenerated Master's House has become a valued public building, a heritage destination and a starting point for interpretation and understanding of Ledbury's historic environment.
This project is the culmination of a process of evaluation of the various stages of the historic fabric of the building, revealing in particular the completeness of the medieval timber frame forming the core of the building, notably the open Central Hall. The approach recognizes the primary significance of the timber frame, which has been repaired and made stable, revealing a clear picture of the underlying building. Other fabric of secondary significance has been retained and repaired to explain the building's development story, and new contemporary elements have been inserted. A team from Butler Hegarty was trained in wattle and daub and carried out repairs.
Robert Waddington, Chair of the Friends of the Master's House, commented on the project:
"The building is proving to be such a success - it is so satisfying to see people's reactions and to see that it has already started to provide such a source of culture and social help and at the same time is engendering such interest in the story of the Hospital and the Master's House."
RIBA Awards West Midlands Region 2016
Building of the Year
Conservation Project of the Year
Regional Award
Civic Trust Awards 2016
National Winner
Civic Voice Awards 2016
Winner Restoration category
RICS Awards 2016
West Midlands Conservation Award
LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016
West of England Best Public Service Building
Wood Awards 2015
Highly Commended

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photographs by Tim Crocker, 2015