Tymperleys reopens to the public after more than three-and-a-half years

Essex County Standard: Tymperleys reopens to the public after more than three-and-a-half years Tymperleys reopens to the public after more than three-and-a-half years

ONE of the town’s most historic buildings has been reopened to the public more than three-and-a-half years after it was shut by Colchester Council.

Tymperleys, a listed 15th Century building which was once the home of famous Colcestrian William Gilberd, has been opened by the Charrington family as a cafe and tearoom and venue.

The former clock museum, bequeathed to the borough by philanthropist Bernard Mason, was shut by the council in October 2010 to save money.

The Charringtons, who run Layer Marney Tower, paid £310,000 for a 125-year lease and have spent the last four months restoring the building.

Manager Alice Charrington said the gardens and first floor were opened to the public as a tearoom for the first time on Thursday as part of a soft launch.

See Monday's Gazette for more.

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7:29pm Fri 16 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Congratulations and you have all our support I am sure, I will be spending my money there.
However, Oh No here it comes ! It won't work and by the way where is the clocks? I hope one does not get a typo there !
I cannot see it competing with the main chain Coffee stores and The Tillys type place across the road and next door to it.
That is a 310,000 gamble.
I better get in there and spend a tenner AVPG:
Congratulations and you have all our support I am sure, I will be spending my money there. However, Oh No here it comes ! It won't work and by the way where is the clocks? I hope one does not get a typo there ! I cannot see it competing with the main chain Coffee stores and The Tillys type place across the road and next door to it. That is a 310,000 gamble. I better get in there and spend a tenner AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
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8:38am Sat 17 May 14

SAndrewss says...

Oh it looks like a c ock is still around.
Oh it looks like a c ock is still around. SAndrewss
  • Score: -11

10:29am Sat 17 May 14

WilliamBloke says...

Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands?
Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands? WilliamBloke
  • Score: 6

10:50am Sat 17 May 14

Route88 says...

WilliamBloke wrote:
Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands?
I think it is on a lease.
[quote][p][bold]WilliamBloke[/bold] wrote: Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands?[/p][/quote]I think it is on a lease. Route88
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11:16am Sat 17 May 14

The-Pitts says...

SAndrewss wrote:
Oh it looks like a c ock is still around.
I am sure you have had enough of them?
Especially with your G*B
AVPG:
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: Oh it looks like a c ock is still around.[/p][/quote]I am sure you have had enough of them? Especially with your G*B AVPG: The-Pitts
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11:20am Sat 17 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

The-Pitts wrote:
SAndrewss wrote:
Oh it looks like a c ock is still around.
I am sure you have had enough of them?
Especially with your G*B
AVPG:
Yes very funny and the same to both of you to and quite appropriate, if I might say.
By the way if your going to copy my signature, please use your own. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
AVPG:
[quote][p][bold]The-Pitts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: Oh it looks like a c ock is still around.[/p][/quote]I am sure you have had enough of them? Especially with your G*B AVPG:[/p][/quote]Yes very funny and the same to both of you to and quite appropriate, if I might say. By the way if your going to copy my signature, please use your own. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
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12:46am Sun 18 May 14

Boris says...

Route88 wrote:
WilliamBloke wrote:
Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands?
I think it is on a lease.
The story says "The Charringtons, who run Layer Marney Tower, paid £310,000 for a 125-year lease .... ". So it still belongs to CBC, but the Charringtons are in control until long after we and they are dead.
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Having said that, I went to one of the open days in January and was impressed by what they were planning to do. They allowed visitors to see parts of the house that had never been shown to Colcestrians even on open days. CBC had used the whole top floor but, from the bits of debris they had left behind, I saw that only routine work was done there, which could have been done anywhere. The house was not being fully used.
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Assuming that CBC has proper arrangements to see that the house is being kept in good order, this seems the best solution. Poor Bernard Mason must be spinning in his grave, but when he bequeathed the house to the borough, he cannot have foreseen how a succession of vicious governments would savage the finances of local authorities, and drive them to steps like renting out their best buildings.
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WilliamBloke[/bold] wrote: Hold on a minute, how does something bequeathed to the borough end up in private hands?[/p][/quote]I think it is on a lease.[/p][/quote]The story says "The Charringtons, who run Layer Marney Tower, paid £310,000 for a 125-year lease .... ". So it still belongs to CBC, but the Charringtons are in control until long after we and they are dead. . Having said that, I went to one of the open days in January and was impressed by what they were planning to do. They allowed visitors to see parts of the house that had never been shown to Colcestrians even on open days. CBC had used the whole top floor but, from the bits of debris they had left behind, I saw that only routine work was done there, which could have been done anywhere. The house was not being fully used. . Assuming that CBC has proper arrangements to see that the house is being kept in good order, this seems the best solution. Poor Bernard Mason must be spinning in his grave, but when he bequeathed the house to the borough, he cannot have foreseen how a succession of vicious governments would savage the finances of local authorities, and drive them to steps like renting out their best buildings. Boris
  • Score: 3

12:08am Mon 19 May 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Wonder how long before the town hall is leased to become another restaurant and flats. Guess Colchester Council could have all their meetings in the VAF instead.
Wonder how long before the town hall is leased to become another restaurant and flats. Guess Colchester Council could have all their meetings in the VAF instead. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 0

11:29am Mon 19 May 14

romantic says...

If they do it well, this could be an excellent little place. Sad that Tymperleys was not allowed to continue as it was, especially as we learn that CBC has £3m sitting there from the New Homes Bonus. But perhaps a private company will actually do a better job of looking after the place. If visitors know it is there, I expect this place will get a lot of people in, especially on sunny days like the weekend just gone.
If they do it well, this could be an excellent little place. Sad that Tymperleys was not allowed to continue as it was, especially as we learn that CBC has £3m sitting there from the New Homes Bonus. But perhaps a private company will actually do a better job of looking after the place. If visitors know it is there, I expect this place will get a lot of people in, especially on sunny days like the weekend just gone. romantic
  • Score: 1

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