Dawe’s Heritage Lottery Funded Restoration 2017

english_compact_blackIn September 2016, volunteers at The Coker Rope & Sail Trust were delighted to learn that their application for funds to restore the remainder of Dawe’s Twineworks had been successful.

Progress is shown here.  Click on any photo to see it full size. The latest Photos are at the top. Aaron and Jason (who carried out the restoration of the main walk roof and other buildings in 2013-14) are back again, working hard, as is the Machinery Team (Chris, David and David) and other volunteers.

With the engine house complete – it now has power and lights – attention moved to the north side. A fence was built along the edge of the strip of land generously leased to us by David Windsor. The strip was cleared of undergrowth and tree stumps, the earth was reprofiled, and a drain was laid under the surface. Further drains have been laid under the main walk to take water to the stream. The brick retaining walls on the north side have been rebuilt, as has the old original size boiler.  Bricklayer Grant even tested it. All the 42 inner posts supporting the main walk have now been repaired or replaced and given new foundations.  When the gutters are done, attention will move to repairing the upper floor and the guides which support the twine along the ‘walk’.

The machinery team has restored a second twine treatment idler and a twisting head frame.

The Trust’s old documents and books are now properly stored and arranged in ouor ‘Archive Building’.  Local historian Richard Sims is using the Archive for a book on Coker Canvas.

The Trust is preparing to seek tenders to replace the old condemned bungalow with a new visitor centre in a style to match the old buildings.  Architect Paul Ferdinand has been appointed to produce the Visitor Centre design and drawings.

Proposed new Visitor Centre

Proposed new Visitor Centre