Save Bradshaw House for Congleton Museum
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Bradshaw House is a fine (Grade II listed) late-Georgian house from the 1820's in the heart of Congleton. It takes its name from perhaps Congleton's most famous - or infamous - former resident, the regicide John Bradshaw, whose former house probably stood on the same site. The house is owned by Cheshire East Council but is currently unoccupied.
Congleton Museum is a thriving, volunter-run museum dedicated to the history of Congleton and the surrounding area. It is home to its own collections, including two major 17th century coin hoards, and is sufficiently well-regarded that it has been entrusted to host significant Roman hoards from further afield in the region.
Its success means that it has now outgrown its current home, and it has put together proposals to acquire Bradshaw House so that it can continue to grow and thrive in the centre of town.
Unfortunately, Cheshire East Council has turned down its application (and a rival bid from the Electric Picture House artists' co-operative) in favour of selling the site commercially (despite giving the Museum £31,000 to part-fund the development!).
We believe that a valuable opportunity for both the museum and Congleton itself. The museum could continue to grow and better serve its purpose, while Congleton would see an increase in visitors who would boost its existing shops restaurants.
We ask Cheshire East Council to withdraw Bradshaw House from sale and accept Congleton Museum's bid.
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