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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 his­tori­ceng­

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