20, 21 and 22 Horsefair, Kidderminster
These cottages on the corner of Horsefair are in the process of being restored. Number 22 is probably a very rare surviving example of an early weaver’s cottage.
Kidderminster once had many houses like these. Before the carpet industry, weavers made black cloth called Bombazine on small looms upstairs in their own homes. Kidderminster was famous for its Bombazine.
The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust secured a mix of grant and loan funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund to repair and conserve the cottages back to their former glory on the outside, and to return to use as houses on the inside.
Building repair works started on site in February 2016 to rescue the Weavers’ Cottages. The watercolour drawing gives an impression of how the finished buildings will look.
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The works are being carried out by Croft Building and Conservation Ltd