A historic Dudley borough wedding venue was visited this week (Tuesday 29 October) by The Duke of Gloucester in recognition of its sensitive restoration.
The Duke visited the Thomas Robinson building in Stourbridge, formerly known as the Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels, to unveil a plaque awarded to the Dudley Council-run venue earlier in the year.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley also attended, as well as Mr Nick Venning Deputy Lieutenant for West Midlands.
The plaque was given on behalf of the West Midlands region of The Victorian Society after they selected the building as worthy of receiving one of their conservation awards. The award recognises the substantial work carried out to transform the building to its former glory from a derelict and fire damaged eyesore.
Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:
It was a real honour to welcome The Duke of Gloucester and the Deputy Lieutenant to the refurbished Thomas Robinson Building.
The team has done a remarkable job restoring this building and conserving its heritage for the future. I was extremely proud to be able to show The Duke everything we have achieved and hope that the Thomas Robinson Building will continue to be used and loved by the people of the borough for years to come.
Stephen Hartland, chairman, The Victorian Society, Birmingham and West Midlands, said:
I am delighted that the Society’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, was able to come and unveil the Society’s latest award in the West Midlands and also meet with our volunteers, who help make the Society a vibrant force and who work to champion Victorian & Edwardian buildings across the region.
Our conservation award, which is made annually, seeks to recognise the best work carried out to Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the West Midlands and this is one of the many ways of championing conservation of these cherished buildings and important heritage assets.
Originally built in 1879, the Grade II listed building is made up of two Victorian Gothic-style chapels, which now house the registration office and stylish wedding venue.
The refurbishment works were carried out by the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, which owns the building and secured money from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its restoration, with support from Dudley Council’s design and delivery team and registration services.
Since its restoration, the Thomas Robinson building has proved a big success, with more than 300 couples using the venue to tie the knot.
The Victorian Society is the charity championing Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. Our Conservation Advisers help local planning authorities and churches to make better decisions about adapting Victorian and Edwardian buildings to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. We also seek to engage the public in our campaigns to help increase the likelihood of conserving buildings. More details here: https://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/west-midlands/2019-conservation-award
To find out about weddings at the venue visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/register-office/marriages/