Castle House, Grade II* Listed, was built in 1842 by John Board, a local builder and manufacturer of bricks, tiles and ‘modern’ cements. It was a showcase and an experiment in the pioneering use of the new materials.
The reinforcement of his extraordinary floor and roof constructions with iron was revolutionary and the building may represent the earliest known survival of a modern reinforced concrete construction.
Once on the Heritage At Risk register and in very poor condition, the SAVE Trust took on the building in 2002. FMA has been working on its conservation since 2009 and, with the help of Historic England grant money and support from EDF energy, vital conservation work