Jemma Thompson

Here are some images of signwriter Jemma Thompson at work on the Town Hall.

Bridport Town Hall Opens

Following extensive repair and restoration, the first phase of Bridport Town Hall is now open and welcoming the public.  Town Surveyor, Daryl Chambers, who has overseen the repairs and restoration of the building, said “this project has saved the building from what could have been devastating structural failings.  We have worked hard to ensure that Read More »

To clean or not to clean?

As the scaffolding on the Town Hall was lowered, some people have asked why the stone and brickwork building hasn’t been extensively cleaned.  As with all elements of the project the   historic nature of the building has dictated the appropriate and approved treatment.  In the past, historic masonry was frequently cleaned because cleaning was equated Read More »

External work completed

All repairs to the cupola, roof and external walls of the Town Hall have now been completed.  As a Grade 1 listed building, the process of undertaking even the smallest repair is considerable. Work has had to be referred to English Heritage for approval, both of the process and final finish. Listed building permission has been Read More »

Town Hall tours – book now!

On Saturday 22 October there will be a special opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Town Hall Heritage and Conservation Project.  Pre bookable tours will be programmed every 45 minutes throughout the day, giving anyone interested an opportunity to see the real extent of the project before it reaches the final stages of Read More »

Uplifting artwork

As part of the Bridport Town Hall Heritage and Conservation project, local artist Darrell Wakelam has been working with local disability groups and young parents to create a permanent artwork for the interior of the new lift at Bridport Town Hall.  Involving over 50 participants, the workshops have used the history and heritage of the Read More »

Town Hall glints golden

As part of the Bridport Town Hall Heritage and Conservation project, local artist Jemma Thompson has re-gilded the weathervane that tops the distinctive tower of the building.  The weathervane was removed from the building and taken to Jemma’s studio at St Michael’s to undergo the skilled process of reapplying the sheet gold finish.   Moving such Read More »

Touching history

While working on the main Council Chamber in the Town Hall, joiners have discovered a carved wooden panel which has been hidden under the floorboards since 1787, the year the Town Hall building was completed. The panel shows the initials W.L & I.C with the Latin word ‘Fecit’ which means ‘made’, followed by the date Read More »

Well, well…

  During initial ground floor excavations the old town well was uncovered.  What came as a complete shock however, was the discovery of a second well beneath the main southern entrance.  This second well is about 8 metres deep and has a 1.8 metre foot high culvert running off it under Bucky Doo square.  The Read More »

Praise for local businesses

Local businesses have been praised for their quality and professionalism by Farnrise Construction, the main contractors on the Town Hall Heritage and Conservation Project.  From the outset the project has sought to use local businesses where possible within the restrictions of the building’s Grade 1 listed status.  Speaking about Bridport based company Weller, who have Read More »