THE latest town centre premises to benefit from the Townscape Heritage project has been revealed.

The Post Office, in High Street, joins other businesses including Crafty Stitches, One 2 One and Hays Travel that have already taken part in the scheme.

More than £1 million has been available for businesses to take advantage of the scheme, which aims to carry out repair and restoration projects on iconic town centre premises.

Cllr Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We’re delighted that the Post Office has now taken up the opportunity to benefit from the scheme and we hope that more shops will follow in the future.

“Seeing our traditional buildings enhanced, alongside new developments that are happening within the town centre, take us a step closer to achieving our aim of creating a vibrant retail, leisure and cultural destination that residents and visitors to the town can enjoy.”

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CWAC hopes 31 businesses will take advantage of the project, which benefits from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Architects Graham Holland Associates, one of two architectural practices recently appointed by the scheme, is working on repairing and refurbishing the front elevation of the Post Office.

The Post Office at 58-60 High Street is a building with an interesting past.

Numbers 58, 60 and 62 were originally built as three individual shops and are believed to date from as early as 1860.

The building differs from other local timber-framed units in the town in its use of terracotta to decorate the front elevation.

Number 58, the right-hand shop, was previously occupied by Charles Edward Hall – a painter and bookseller.

The adjoining number 60 has had many occupiers over the years – including fishmongers, a fruit seller and a butcher.

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From 1919 to 1934, the shop was occupied by fish salesman Joseph Smith, at a time of subsidence in the town.

After the Second World War, shops 58 and 60 were knocked through to form a single unit, which is how it’s used today by the Post Office.

Details about The Townscape Heritage Project are available on the website