The Trust was formed in 1997 to try to preserve buildings important to the local and national heritage. It has concentrated its efforts on achieving the repair and rest oration of the Walronds for the benefit of the community.
The Walronds is a Tudor/Jacobean mansion listed grade 1 and now at serious risk. It fronts on to Fore Street and its ancient burgage plot stretches back 400 meters to Shortlands Lane. The Trust was formed at the instigation of the previous owners of the Walronds, the late Miss June Severn and the late Misses Reeves, who bequeathed the property to the Trust in 2004 and 2006. With strong support from the Town, District and County Councils and with advice from English Heritage and the Architectural Heritage Fund, a programme of inspections and reports was carried out which made it possible to apply for major funding.
First Round grants from Mid Devon District Council, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled very detailed reports to be made on the condition of the fabric, specification of repairs and the preparation of plans for conservation management, activities, business, long term maintenance, etc. These were used to support second round bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Devon County Council and the major grant giving trusts. These have been largely successful. The building now has a complete scaffold and temporary roof. The main contractor is Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd of Forest Lawn, Craswall, Hereford, HR2 0PL
Address: CWPT, Blue Gentians, St. George’s Well Avenue, Cullompton, EX15 1AR
Telephone: 01884 33394