The future of one of Chard’s most important historic buildings has been secured following its purchase by Somerset Council, working with Historic England and the Somerset Building Preservation Trust. The Old Courthouse in Fore Street is a Grade I listed building that dates back to the late 16th century. It retains most of its original features including a first-floor courtroom with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and superb original plasterwork. The Trust has leased the building and is carrying out a range of surveys and studies with a view to carrying out repairs and restoration to ensure its future.
See below video, published by Somerset Building Preservation Trust, to discover more about this project.