TF0920 : Wherry's Lane warehouse

near to Bourne, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Wherry's Lane warehouse
Wherry's Lane warehouse
The 4-storey building with the blue enclosed sack hoist was built as a corn warehouse in the first half of the 19th century
Bourne Town Centre redevelopment
Land and properties around Wherry's lane formed part of a significant redevelopment plan once hatched by South Kesteven District Council, the so-called "27 million pound redevelopment" a name it kept through a couple of decades of wildly fluctuating prices and costs. The scheme had a new square behind the existing shops, which the council called a 'piazza', and threatened the existence of the bus station.

No developer mad enough to spend that sort of money could be found, but SKDC had compulsorily purchased several plots and were holding the land. In the end they chose to spend a bit more than 2 million of ratepayer money to realise those assets. A smaller scheme to build new empty shops along Wherry's lane, and to convert the 19th century grain warehouse at the end into flats was started in the spring of 2012.

The warehouse was built in the early 19th Century as a maltings or brewery owned by the Shilcock family and known as Shilcock's Mill. It was later let to Wherry's, a local family who rose to prominence as seed merchants during the corn trade boom of the 19th century when steam engines transformed the fenland drainage and first the guano, then the chemical fertiliser trade dramatically increased yields. But in Living Memory it was owned by another local businessman, the late Mr Ted Moody, for his company Nursery Supplies. Once the largest supplier of grower's necessities, this company closed several years ago, the warehouse was sold on, and later bought by SKDC. It was probably Nursery Supplies who built the cavernous 20th century extension behind the 19th century building: it used post-war materials, like cheap Peterborough brick and asbestos/cement cladding.

The last commercial use was when SKDC rented it to the builders enlarging the nearby Sainsbury's store in 2010.

The 20th century warehouse, and the similar asbestos building to the North of Wherry's lane, which for the last generation housed a vehicle body repairers called Freeman's Garage, are being removed as the first step in the redevelopment.

Included in the scheme is the windowless brick cube of the former Masonic Lodge, bought by the Council as part of the earlier plans. There was some controversy when a local web site used the FOI legislation to discover the council paid 137,000. The Masons have built a new lodge elsewhere.

In April 2012 the Stamford Mercury reported the start of work, and predicted work would last until 'spring 2013'
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Planning guidance for the original scheme still exists, including a map of the then extent: LinkExternal link It was not without controversy even before it was abandoned: LinkExternal link

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Monday, 17 September, 2012   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0944 2026 [10m precision]
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