The Wharf House Fit-out
It was December 2002 when the brand new shell of a large building on the banks of the River Severn was transferred over to the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust by Swan Hill Homes. It stands of the site of an old extended lock-keeper’s cottage that had fallen into serious disrepair and had been for some time in danger of collapse.
A new shell of a building, with a floor space five times larger than the previous cottage, was built by Swan Hill, specifically for the Trust.
The building was named by the Trust as ‘The Wharf House’ and it’s purpose is to provide an income stream from its restaurant and bed and breakfast facilities to further the restoration of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal and the promotion of the Canal Trust.
The Wharf House was transferred over to the Trust, December 2002, by John Theakston, the chief Executive of Swan Hill Homes.
It was not long before the Restaurant required more space for food preparation and the area that was allocated for storage was the favoured location.
Therefore a new home was found for the large freezers and fresh food storage at the back of the annexe.