An abandoned building located in Lye is all set to turn into a wedding venue after it got a green signal from the planning chiefs. The Grade II chapel would now be restored and would arrange a register office for civil ceremonies. It follows the nineteenth century house being sold to West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust. Lye and Wollescote Chapel is set to become the 2nd registration office in this borough after Dudley Council announced the sale of the house to the charity.
This non-profit house would use a £1 million Heritage fund to restore the place. The place has not been in use since the year 1993 but it would be open by 2015’s April and this is a rare surviving example of a cemetery chapel. The building would eventually be leased to Dudley Council as a registration office for marriages, civil partnership ceremonies, wedding vow renewals, naming ceremonies as well as citizenship ceremonies.
Dudley Council assistant director of culture and leisure Duncan Lowndes told that the current building is derelict and unusable. He is very happy that they have found a great way to bring this stunning landmark building back for public use with a little cost to the public purse. This would let the council to offer a stunning and unique ceremony venue in the south of the borough, and also keeping a slice of local history.
The West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust chairman Bob Tolley told that the important thing is that we will not just preserve, but conserve this amazing building and put it to a sustainable new use.