WITTON Street and High Street’s iconic timber-framed buildings are now in great shape and looking wonderful.

The Northwich Townscape Heritage Project saw 14 of the town’s most historic buildings get a cash boost to preserve them for future generations.  

The 8-year project began back in 2015 with a successful funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Though many of the buildings are locally listed, their architectural value has not always been appreciated.

Some have really suffered over the years, losing important original features.Northwich Guardian: Burton Building before the restoration workBurton Building before the restoration work (Image: Cheshire West and Chester Council)

In some cases, the funding helped to restore and replace those features, while in others, money was used to finance improvements to front elevations and to the buildings’ traditional timber frames.

Cllr Richard Beacham, cabinet member for inclusive growth, economy and regeneration, said: “This project really highlights the long-term commitment of the council to preserving the history and investing in the future of Northwich.

“It has been a significant achievement to pull together the funding and expertise, so that we could work with property owners to deliver this transformational change over the past few years.

“Preserving the character of Northwich is vital and that’s why the completion of this project complements our latest investment programme in the Northwich Library, where another important building is being preserved, protected and renewed for future generations to enjoy.”

Northwich Guardian: Burton Building after restoration workBurton Building after restoration work (Image: Cheshire West and Chester Council)

Among the 14 buildings to receive funding were The Burton Building, Crafty Stitches, One 2 One, Northwich Art Shop, and Charlie's Café. 

The project also funded activities to promote the history and heritage of the buildings to residents and visitors, as well as a education programme for local schools, including the development of a ‘town trail’ walking tour.