With the help of a bridging loan from Lloyds Bank and a low interest loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund ( AHF ) , the first Listed Buildings to be restored were in Vicarage Street:
- 6 Vicarage Street - Durrell House - A grade 2 listed building with 4 bedrooms and courtyard garden, was the very first building the Trust were involved in. The façade needed particular attention to avoid it falling into the street. . . 2 storeys and attic. Ashlar stone front, slightly rusticated angle pilasters with panels between 1st floor string and 1st floor cill level. Moulded string at 1st floor and slightly coved string over 1st floor windows, with blocking course above. Glazing bar sash windows with architrave surrounds, 5 on 1st floor, the centre blind, segmental headed with keystone and painted glazing. 4 windows ground floor. Central segmental headed doorway with pediment, architrave surround, 6 panel door and fanlight of crossed arrows and vertical central bar. Old tile roof with 4 light dormer casement. Gable lights to left. Right hand return with extension having a 2 light mullion window.
- 7 Vicarage Street -The Old Caretakers House: a three bedroom grade 2 listed stone cottage. This charming terraced town cottage, dating from 1846, was formerly the caretaker's cottage for Minster School, with a courtyard garden to rear and side access gate to street. Originally the property of the Church Commissioners, it was bought in August 1988, restored to high standard in 1990 and sold in 1992.
Warminster Preservation Trust also commented on several buildings in the conservation area, encouraging the owners to restore there properties, and at the same time, obtaining funding from the Joint Historical Buildings committee, set up through the former West Wilts & District Council and Warminster Town Council for this purpose.
- Carters Corner: - In 1997 this sizeable and very prominent property, on the corner of High Street and George Street & Portway, orginally a butchers shop, was bought and converted into 5 flats and one shop. This work involved very substantial works to the interior and repair of the stonework, before completion and selling onto a local Housing Society.
- The Old Town Hall - Grade 2 Listed Building at Risk - This iconic and landmark building dating back to 1832, commissioned by the 2nd Marquess of Bath, is one of the earliest buildings of the famous Victorian architect, Edward Blore, the designer of Buckingham Palace. Among other features, it contains a Town Clock, the Thynne Coat of Arms, a magnificent cantilevered staircase, a Minstrels´Gallery and seven prison cells in the basement. It was gifted to Warminster by Thomas Henry Marquess of Bath in 1903, with the explicit intention that it remained in trust for the use of the people of the town in perpetuity. For decades it was the centre of the Town´s social and governmental life, serving as a Magistrates´Court, having been acquired by the then District Council in 1974 and then sadly sold off in 1979. It has had read more here ....