SAVING HISTORY AT RISK
The future of a chapel where the Tolpuddle Martyrs gathered, and an Elizabethan bridge is looking more secure thanks to Historic England raising awareness of their plight in the 2018 Heritage at Risk Register.
Listed at Grade II*,
Wool Bridge is the bestpreserved Elizabethan bridge in Dorset. Following heavy rain at the start of this year, the bridge collapsed. It was placed on the Heritage at Risk Register and since then Historic England have been working with Dorset County Council Engineering
Team in advance of the repairs, which have been completed this week.
The humble Methodist chapel at Tolpuddle, built in 1818, is under the care of the enthusiastic volunteers at the Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust. Supported by professional advisers, a scheme is now in place for its repair and extension to bring the chapel into use for the community and a place of contemplation. Funding is being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the delivery of this project which, it is hoped, will secure a sustainable future for the chapel and what it represents in the history of social justice. More at historicengland.org.uk