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Cracks fixed at Wake House in Bourne




A building used by about 1,000 people a week has undergone work to save it from crumbling.

Cracks had been appearing over the years in upstairs rooms at Wake House, which has stood for about 40 years in North Street, Bourne.

Work has recently been carried out which involved putting in steel beams under the upstairs walls to strengthen the structure and prevent further movement.

Wake House in Bourne
Wake House in Bourne

Greg Cejer from Bourne Arts and Community Trust, which runs the Wake House facilities, said: “We have 70 organisations that use the building and if it were to collapse, where would they go?

“With 1,000 people a week using Wake House it would be a blow to the organisations, such as the University of the Third Age, and groups for children. This is a major community resource.”

Further work will need doing and is likely to cost about £150,000. Most of this will be met by reserves and by grants. For example, an InvestSK ‘Heritage Alive!’ grant of £4,000 was recently awarded towards the cost of the work.

David Mapp looks at the recent work with Greg Cejer of Bourne Arts and Community Trust and Trevor Hollingshead of Bourne United Charities
David Mapp looks at the recent work with Greg Cejer of Bourne Arts and Community Trust and Trevor Hollingshead of Bourne United Charities

Wake House is owned by Bourne United Charities and is known as the birthplace of Paris fashion house founder Charles Frederick Worth.

Charles Worth blue plaque
Charles Worth blue plaque


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