Tymperleys will become a tearoom by next spring

Essex County Standard: Tymperleys will become a tearoom by next spring Tymperleys will become a tearoom by next spring

ONE of Colchester’s most historic buildings will finally reopen as a tearoom and events venue next spring – three-and-a-years after it was shut by Colchester Council.

Nicholas and Sheila Charrington, who run and live at Layer Marney Tower, have signed a £310,000 deal to take on a 125-year lease for Tymperleys.

The couple were granted planning permission to turn the buildings and garden into a tearoom that can be hired for private events.

The former museum housed a collection of clocks and was shut by Colchester Council to save money in October 2010.

Mrs Charrington said they hope to start serving the first afternoon teas and lunches by the end of March.

She said: “It’s such a beautiful place and we’re very excited about it. The tearoom is going to be open throughout the day and people can hire it for whatever they fancy later in the evening.

“It has to be discussed further, but if we can get one or two of the clocks back that will be lovely.”

Some of the clocks are on display in Hollytrees Museum and the rest are in storage.

When the building closed the council advertised it to interested parties and chose Wilkin & Sons to turn it into a tearoom.

The Tiptree jam-makers withdrew after a long-running dispute over access to what remains of the listed 16th Century building, which was once the home of William Gilberd.

The council then approached the Charringtons, who were runners-up to Wilkin & Sons. They agreed a deal in June to take the building on, subject to planning permission.

The access issue has been resolved.

Mr Charrington said: “The process has taken quite a long time, but I believe the outcome is a good one for Colchester and the glorious buildings and garden at Tymperleys.

“The experience we have gained at Layer Marney Tower will certainly help us in our work at Tymperleys – dealing with old buildings requires patience, determination – and awareness the final bill may well be higher than originally expected.”

Paul Smith, councillor responsible for business, said: “We believe they have the right offer and experience to give the building a new lease of life and increase the town’s offering to residents and visitors.

I am confident it will be a success.”

The Charringtons and council representatives will unveil their plans at Tymperleys on January 7 and 8, from 10am until 4pm.

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9:10am Fri 27 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Just what the town needs.
Just what the town needs. stevedawson

10:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

John Vencato says...

I wonder what happened to the clocks.

It would be nice to have a tea or coffee and look at the clocks at the same time.

Moments of time passing by.
Jon Vencato
I wonder what happened to the clocks. It would be nice to have a tea or coffee and look at the clocks at the same time. Moments of time passing by. Jon Vencato John Vencato

11:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

This announcement essentially repeats the Gazette article on June 24th. It is a pity the Tymperleys gardens have been closed to the public for four years but hopefully will open in March. I was saddened to see the clock fixed to the carriage house was removed as that was separate from Tymperleys house. Hopefully the new owners are prepared for the huge outstanding maintenance costs. A pity the building will be another tea room rather than an exhibition space but it is up to the owner to make it pay.
This announcement essentially repeats the Gazette article on June 24th. It is a pity the Tymperleys gardens have been closed to the public for four years but hopefully will open in March. I was saddened to see the clock fixed to the carriage house was removed as that was separate from Tymperleys house. Hopefully the new owners are prepared for the huge outstanding maintenance costs. A pity the building will be another tea room rather than an exhibition space but it is up to the owner to make it pay. Hamiltonandy

12:22am Sat 28 Dec 13

Boris says...

I'm sure many of us will enjoy visiting Tymperleys for tea and cakes, or whatever. But let us hope Tymperleys, including the upstairs part, will be opened to the public once a year, for the Heritage Weekend in September. I hope this is in the agreement between CBC and the Charringtons. Tymperleys is a house of huge historic importance and it remains CBC property, i.e. our property.
I'm sure many of us will enjoy visiting Tymperleys for tea and cakes, or whatever. But let us hope Tymperleys, including the upstairs part, will be opened to the public once a year, for the Heritage Weekend in September. I hope this is in the agreement between CBC and the Charringtons. Tymperleys is a house of huge historic importance and it remains CBC property, i.e. our property. Boris

10:45pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

The freehold of Tymperleys belongs to Colchester but for 125 years it is the property of the new owners to use or neglect as they wish. Colchester Council have been happy to keep the gardens closed to the public for four years so I doubt they will care what the owners do. Hopefully it will not face the same neglect as Jumbo where the council seem unwilling to force the owner to properly maintain this unique building.
The freehold of Tymperleys belongs to Colchester but for 125 years it is the property of the new owners to use or neglect as they wish. Colchester Council have been happy to keep the gardens closed to the public for four years so I doubt they will care what the owners do. Hopefully it will not face the same neglect as Jumbo where the council seem unwilling to force the owner to properly maintain this unique building. Hamiltonandy

12:25am Sun 29 Dec 13

Boris says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
The freehold of Tymperleys belongs to Colchester but for 125 years it is the property of the new owners to use or neglect as they wish. Colchester Council have been happy to keep the gardens closed to the public for four years so I doubt they will care what the owners do. Hopefully it will not face the same neglect as Jumbo where the council seem unwilling to force the owner to properly maintain this unique building.
Andy, you know very well that the Charringtons are not the owners. They are the tenants. Obviously much will depend on what responsibilities are defined in the tenancy agreement but it is normal for landlords to ensure that their properties are well maintained. If you have evidence to the contrary in this case, let's hear it.
You are of course correct that CBC is failing to ensure that Jumbo's owner maintains his building correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: The freehold of Tymperleys belongs to Colchester but for 125 years it is the property of the new owners to use or neglect as they wish. Colchester Council have been happy to keep the gardens closed to the public for four years so I doubt they will care what the owners do. Hopefully it will not face the same neglect as Jumbo where the council seem unwilling to force the owner to properly maintain this unique building.[/p][/quote]Andy, you know very well that the Charringtons are not the owners. They are the tenants. Obviously much will depend on what responsibilities are defined in the tenancy agreement but it is normal for landlords to ensure that their properties are well maintained. If you have evidence to the contrary in this case, let's hear it. You are of course correct that CBC is failing to ensure that Jumbo's owner maintains his building correctly. Boris

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