To celebrate the restoration works and history of Frank’s Chippy, For Tyldesley organised and ran a Christmas event in December 2022. Frank’s Chippy and the HAZ Office were festively decorated with an array of mince pies and mulled wine on offer. Before the event began the building’s deeds were on display for anyone to have a read and a look through, alongside work by a local artist Meryl at Doodle Around, depicting some of the repaired, restored and replacement shopfronts funded by the High Street HAZ.
The event started with a presentation by Tony Stanton for the Tyldesley Historical Society, on the interesting history of Frank’s Chippy and the fascinating life of Madame Radcliffe. Before having a short festive snack break, the Tyldesley Creative writers read out and performed some of their favourite poems about Frank’s. Finally, Bernadette Bone from B.B Heritage, who was the Conservation Accredited Architect on the Frank’s Chippy HAZ project, gave a presentation on the process of the building works and some key lessons learnt. It was a well-attended, fun and festive event which successfully celebrated and show-cased Frank’s in all its glory.
206 Elliott Street
206 Elliott Street was formally a newsagent at ground floor with the current owner using the upper floors as office accommodation. The owner had obtained planning consent in 2020 to convert the upper floor into residential accommodation and undertake their own refurbishment work internally and externally, including a new shopfront to create a new ground floor office. However, whilst works were progressing onsite, elements of a Victorian shopfront were discovered when the existing signage fascia was removed. The For Tyldesley HAZ team actively engaged with the owners with the objective of encouraging them to retain and sensitively restore these elements, as well as reinstating any missing architectural features. Works were then halted until an alternative scheme could be developed.
The alternative scheme was to repair/reinstate a traditional shopfront and associated structural works. Works also included the creation of a new sash window at first floor, removing damaging paint finishes to brickwork and brick, roof and chimney repairs. The work to 206 will help restore/improve the character and appearance of the property in this part of the Conservation Area and help bring this building back into positive use, whilst protecting historical features that would otherwise be lost. The works finished in June 2022 and the office is due to reopen in June 2023.
First Stages Of Developing The Building..
Pen to Paper
206 Elliott Street
The poor condition of the former Bargain Booze/ Cellar 5 building on Elliott Street meant that emergency repairs to stabilise the structure were a priority for the project, with work to restore the historic shop front scheduled later. Following a detailed inspection by the project team, the scope of works included replacement of front elevation timber beam with steel beam, new steel work internally, and tying of internal walls to the adjacent to gable wall.
Kate Mitchell, For Tyldesley Project Manager, said ‘we were faced with a rapidly deteriorating building so time was of the essence. We appreciate the support of the owner in getting this time-sensitive work done quickly, which will allow us to move on to restoring the shopfront’.
Once the structural repairs were completed, we were able to move on to restoring the traditional style shopfront and two timber frame sash windows to the first floor. The shopfront design is a modern interpretation of the traditional shopfront design as seen in historical photographs, including traditional features such as decorative timber pilasters, timber fascia and corbel blocks.
Cellar 5 is now open as a stylish cocktail bar on the high street and has proved very popular since opening in March 2023.
Part of the Shopfront enhancement scheme,
This project aims to spread the remaining grant across different buildings and undertake enhancement works to existing shopfronts rather than full repair/replacement to one or two properties. This would involve the removal of intrusive modern signage fascias and replacement (or repair) of traditional timber fascia, new lead flashing, brickwork patch repairs, new shopfront embellishments as is necessary i.e cornice, corbel, pilaster details, awning repairs, full redecoration scheme and traditional shopfront sign and security measures where necessary. All works will be carried out in line with the Tyldesley Town Guide. Lighting and glazing will not be included due to budget and planning issues.
The project has two phases, phase one which runs before the end of March 2023 and phase 2 which runs from April 2023 to March 2023
- Phase One projects include: Davina Pharmacy, Dogs Deli and Wendy’s.
- Phase Two Projects include: D.G Optical and CJ Roberts.
The first project we completed as part of the shopfront enhancement scheme was Davina Pharmacy. The works to Davina’s involved; removal of modern shopfront signage, minor timber repairs to the existing shopfront, reworking of existing leadwork, redecoration, new brick slip to stall riser, new ironmongery to doors and traditional signwriting including a new metal hanging sign. By completing these simple enhancement works, Davina Pharmacy has been transformed and has brought history and character back onto Elliott Street.
You may remember it as Frank’s Chippy, you may even remember it as Melias Ltd Food Distributors, but For Tyldesley have transformed the former chippy on Elliott Street and Lime Street and reinstated its historic shopfront. It’s such an iconic building on the high street, and we’re delighted it’s been externally transformed and making a positive contribution to the thriving town centre of Tyldesley.
The works to Frank’s Chippy involved asbestos removal, repair and reinstatement of historic details to the shopfront to 121 Elliott Street, structural alterations and installation of a new shopfront to Lime Street, external repair works and internal works to the rear of 121 Elliott Street and the entrance to 30 Lime Street to create a new stairwell to the first floor flat. The works to the HAZ Office included, asbestos removal, installation of a new shopfront including provision of ramped access, new metal security gates, external repair work and internal works to create the HAZ Office including the installation of a disabled WC.
The former chippy is to be used as a retail unit downstairs and residential apartments upstairs. The attached HAZ office is used as For Tyldesley’s base and welcomes anyone who has any questions about the HAZ scheme or generally about the high street. Please feel free to drop by and say hello!
The building is now up and functioning and is looking like it is set to be rented out to a restaurant owner. What cuisine would you like to see on Tyldesley High Street?
Take a look at a gallery of old photos captured in Tyldesley Town Centre.
If you have any you would like to send across.. Fortyldesleyevents@outlook.com we will add them to the gallery.
Helping setup the local Radio Station.
From a thought all the way through to execution.
The Radio Station Tony Hampson who was a retired pilot from the local area, had a local radio station that he did in his spare time. He had a license in which he came to For Tyldesley to see if we could help turn it into a large station rather than just him on his own. With the help of social media we found a team of like minded people who wanted to get involved on the project.
All from a simple idea to a Radio Station with it's own place in Tyldesley and over 30 people all working to provide M29 with the best Radio entertainment.
M29 Radio Station - Music Festival
M29 Radio Station - Interviews
M29 Radio Station - Behind the scenes
M29 Radio Station Fundraiser - The Bev-Athon
Great cause, Bevan did a 24 hour live in which he was raising money to help support the maintenance of the radio station.
Maintenance Matters – Gutter Cleaning Project
As part of the SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Maintenance Week which is between 17th - 24th November, we had to wait for the Christmas trees to be put around Tyldesley for 2022. The works were completed between the 29th - 30th November.
For Tyldesley were offering a free gutter cleaning service for any interested properties on the high street and in the Conservation Area. 13 properties on Elliott Street signed up and had their gutters cleaned by local contractor, Parklands Ltd. The contractors also conducted a photographic roof survey and found no immediate issues with the roof slates, structure or gutters. They also surveyed three additional properties that were left out due to their poor condition and budget constraints. The works were completed by the end of November 2022 and were within the £5k budget. It is simple maintenance tasks like gutter cleaning which keep any building, new or old, in good condition and it is important that this is a regular upkeep.
This will be happening again on 2023 we are aiming to target completion dates within Maintenance Week which is between 17th - 24th November.
The owner of Mayhap Café was one of the first landlords on the high street to approach For Tyldesley regarding applying for grant funding to retain the historic architecture of the previously derelict night club on Chapel Street. The project involved restoration of the traditional historic shopfront, new pilasters, corbels and fascia alongside part funding the window repairs and replacements, upgrading them to double glazed to reduce the carbon footprint, retain the ornate original features and frame the views across Top Chapel to the Market Square.
Mayhap Café is now a thriving speciality coffee house, on the ground floor, serving an incredible range of coffees, cakes, pastries and brunch options. The first floor consists of two one-bedroom high spec duplex apartments with amazing views over the Cheshire plain. It is now one of the main attractions in the town and has helped increase footfall into Tyldesley from further afield.
Ian Tomlinson, For Tyldesley Community Engagement Manager said ‘this project is a perfect example of what we are trying to achieve in Tyldesley. Bringing a vacant property back into use, providing residential accommodation and creating new jobs for local people. We hope that such projects will provide a great retail and leisure experience, that in turn, will improve the footfall and dwell time in the conservation area. We wish him good luck in his new venture’.
This project involved local schools working with members of the Tyldesley community to produce a piece of mosaic artwork that will be visible for the many users of the Guided Busway in Tyldesley (Astley Street stop). The main aim of the project is to produce an impression and welcome to Tyldesley which attracts people who use the busway to make use of the facilities in Tyldesley and therefore increase footfall in the town.
A series of consultations was conducted with the local community to establish a design that encapsulates the feedback and heritage of Tyldesley. Once the design process was complete, workshops were held so that local people from Tyldesley can come together and contribute to the design. School children from Tyldesley have contributed to the mosaic by handmaking each engraved tile. A brick wall to display the mosaic has been constructed and an eye-catching spot chosen at Astley Street Bus Stop. Work to display the final mosaic on the wall is due to start mid-June, and dates for the grand opening have been agreed.
This community project is something Tyldesley will have helped to construct and something for Tyldesley to be proud of – a great community achievement!
Pen to Paper
Pen to Paper is a long-established card and gifts shop on Elliott Street and is well loved by local residents. The owner submitted an expression of interest form and applied for grant funding in order to undertake traditional shopfront reinstatement works. The existing shopfront comprised of metal arched window frames, two existing pilasters which were not symmetrical and engineering brick as a stall riser. It also incorporated modern signage and an external Dutch canopy, both of which were unsympathetic to the Conservation Area.
The works to reinstate the shopfront included the removal of existing including an insensitive roller shutter and replacement with a traditional timber shopfront with signage, awning, new glazed brick slips to stall riser and an internal security screen in keeping with Conservation Area requirements. Following the removal of the existing shopfront, a concealed awning and awning mechanism were discovered. This was later to be refurbished and used within the scheme. The reinstatement traditional shopfront and use of the Tyldesley Town Design Guide colour pallet has had a major visual impact on the high street - what a transformation!
Shutter Artwork Project
In order to enhance the appearance of the area and complement the existing shopfront replacements along the high street, For Tyldesley are undertaking a shutter artwork project. This project is part of the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme, which is running until the end of the project in March 2024.
The first shutter artwork project was part of the enhancement of Davina Pharmacy, as it was recognised that a pharmacy would not be able to remove their shutters due to high risk of theft. The artwork was designed and completed by a local artist Tracey Bowers ( Doodle on anything ) who captured some of the key historic buildings in Tyldesley whilst also incorporating medicine bottles to represent the building’s use. In the evenings when the pharmacy is closed, the shutter artwork brings character and uniqueness to the high street.
Community Engagement and Heritage & Culture Project
In 2022, For Tyldesley used some underspend from the Historic England HAZ Funding to deliver a street name plate refurbishment project. There are some lovely old street signs on the high street with several in poor condition and in need of repair or replacement. Sixteen new cast aluminium signs were also made to replace modern street signs and those facing the one-way system.
Leander Architectural, a foundry in Dove Holes in Derbyshire, undertook the work. Ian Tomlinson took a small group from the local community to collect the signs and take part in a foundry tour. Once the signs had been completed, they were fitted by White Fasteners Ltd. They now bring life and character onto the high street when previously they were an eye sore to the street scene.
Heritage Skills Training
Alongside the capital projects, For Tyldesley have facilitated numerous heritage skills training events so members of the public can increase and learn heritage skills. The events include:
- A workshop tour with James Thorpe and Son for Elysium Training, an alternative education provider
- Visit to Leander Architectural to collect street name plates that the firm had refurbished or recreated for the streets within the Tyldesley HAZ area.
- As part of Heritage Open Days (HODS), For Tyldesley ran a Heritage Skills Market in September 2022. The day was focused around traditional building and conservation skills, where specialist contractors in the heritage sector ran stalls on how to repair and maintain historic buildings
- The Heritage Skills Market in April 2023 was focused around gaining knowledge and experience in heritage skills, gain an understanding of planning conditions, Conservation Areas and the Historic England HSHAZ scheme, and gain an insight into courses and careers on offer within the sector.
The inception of the makers market was to bring together like minded people who are interested in promoting their business or promoting their hobbies. It has also created a great community. The Makers Markets takes place the first Saturday of every month and are themed the markets have been a massive success.
Various different themes -
World Cup Theme for the Womens World Cup
And many more..
A Great Story Below...
The Makers Market Business Incubator
After attending the makers market for a few months, one lady who was selling Wax Candles and other Wax items, really found success. It was a product that really hit it off well with the public and Tyldesley Community so much so, she has been able to sell enough to now pay for a rental unit on Tyldesley High Street. The Company is called Wiltshire Wax Company. We are sure the business would have been a great success anyway as the products being sold are fabulous however, we would like to think the Makers Market provided a platform for her to show of the products accelerating the speed in which the company has grown.
Great positive side effects we didn't originally aim for.
Wendy's has been apart of the enhancement scheme, The works to Wendy's involved; removal of modern shopfront signage, minor timber repairs to the existing shopfront, reworking of existing leadwork, redecoration, new brick slip to stall riser, new ironmongery to doors and traditional signwriting including a new metal hanging sign and also cleaning the gutters which had caused the green effect to the front of the property. By completing these simple enhancement works, Wendy's has been transformed and has brought history and character back onto Elliott Street.
Wendy's is currently being used as a Charity shop called Action Stations which is a CIC, what they are doing is any profits made are being put back into a Community Pot to help the local area.
The upstairs of the property have been rejuvenated and have been turned into residential properties.