21 High Street
Crowdfunding Challenge Grant
Since 1863, the handsome classical façade originally built for Alnwick and County Bank rooted the High Street of the small market town of Wooler, Northumberland, serving the community’s banking needs until finally closing in 2018. The following year, the Grade II-listed building was purchased by Glendale Gateway Trust, a local community organisation established to improve the lives of local residents in and around Wooler.
The Trust, with nearly 25 years’ experience managing a co-working and community hire space, redeveloped from a former Victorian workhouse, has also built a portfolio of 18 affordable housing properties available to the local community; many of these are adapted from historic properties. Their vision for the former bank building will create new commercial space on the ground floor, as well as two affordable homes on the upper floors, a local need highlighted in Wooler’s Neighbourhood Plan.
Following a successful Community Bond fundraising drive, the Trust was awarded a Crowdfunding Challenge Grant in 2019 under Transforming Places through Heritage. This grant completed the funding package needed to conserve and adapt the building, which will soon welcome its first residents.