Who are we?
Often described as ‘the agents of last resort’, building preservation trusts exist all over the country to save listed buildings and local landmarks from terminal decline.
Our remit is broad enough to cover a wide range of property in various stages of disrepair, but in order to qualify for grants and take advantage of low-interest loans from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the building or structure has to be special and its restoration has to be commercially unviable. In other words, we tend to take on only the desperate cases!
The Chester Historic Buildings Preservation Trust Limited (CHBPT) was formed in 1981 with the active support and encouragement of the Chester Civic Trust. CHBPT is a private company, limited by guarantee, and its registered as a charity.
In 2013 the Trust was reformed to cover a wider geographical area as ‘The Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust’ and its remit encompasses Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington.
Council of Management
The Directors of the Trust are all volunteers. Some are professionally qualified as architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or conservation officers; others are enthusiastic lay members, but all share a deep personal commitment to the built environment and to Chester’s unique architectural heritage.
The current council of management is:
Tony Barton – Chair (2013)
Mike Scammell (1990)
Eileen Wilshaw (2013)
Martin Meredith (2013)
David Evans (2013)
Martin Bocking (2013)
Stephen Langtree (1995)
Denys Doxat-Pratt (founder member in 1981) (Chairman 2000-date)
Mrs Sheila Brigham (1985-1992)
R T S Brown (1981-1984)
Graham A Jones (joined 1981) (Company Treasurer)
Simon Johnson (joined 1995)
Cyril Morris (joined 2002)
Dr. Allan Pullin (founder member 1981) (Chairman 1984-1991)
Maldwyn Williams (joined 2000)
M J Dangerfield (1986-1990)
Brigadier MDK Dauncey DSO (1981-1983)
Mrs Margaret Evans (1994-2002)
D H Goose (1981-1985)
J B Heaton (1987-1997)
S T Holman (1991-2000) (Chairman 1992-2000)
G G Hunt (1981-1985)
D M Jacobs-Drummond (1988-1995)
Mrs Suzie Langtree (1995-2002)
A J Lees (1981-1990)
Dr L G C Martin (1981-1988) (Chairman 1981-1984)
D Truscott (1985-1990)
D J Tweed (1990-1992) (Chairman 1991-1992)
T E Ward (1981-1990)
Brigadier K R Trevor (1981-1992)