Cutting the cloth: New business set to move into Trowbridge’s historic Handle House

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A UNIQUE building in Trowbridge with links to the town’s cloth manufacturing heritage is set to be repurposed for the 21st Century.

Built in 1844 as part of Studley Mill, the walls of the Grade II-listed Handle House in Stallard Street feature distinctive open bricks that helped to dry the teasel handles used to brush wet cloth.

The building, available through property consultancy Carter Jonas, is thought to be the only one of its kind left in the country – and will now be rented out for office space.

The 1,834 sq ft property on the banks of the River Biss has been extensively refurbished to provide quality office accommodation.

Its most recent tenant was the North West Wiltshire branch of Carewatch. The homecare service firm is moving to Newbury House at White Horse Business Park.

Colin Scragg of Carter Jonas said: “Handle House is in a good, central location next to the multi-storey Asda car park and The Shires shopping centre.

“The refurbishment retained the building’s period features, such as oak floors and timber panelled walls, but also modernised the space installing perimeter cabling, mounted spotlights and uplighters, electric wall-mounted heaters and an alarm.

“There were once three buildings like this in Trowbridge but it is thought that Handle House is now the only survivor of its kind in the UK.”


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