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Battle to save Black Country chainmaker Noah Hingley's house gathering pace

By Richard Guttridge | Netherton | News | Published:

More objections have been lodged over plans to knock down an historic house in Cradley.

Dozens of residents have contacted Dudley Council insisting Hatherton Lodge, which was once home to Noah Hingley, the man credited with bringing chainmaking to the Black Country, needs to be saved.

Those objection to the demolition of the historic house say the property is a heritage asset and of such historical importance locally that it should not be allowed to be re-developed.

Council planning officers are currently assessing the plans for Hatherton House, on Drews Holloway, which would see it knocked down and replaced with seven new homes.

The once-grand Victorian property has fallen into disrepair but campaigners believe it should be sold to someone who is willing to refurbish it.

Noah Hingley

Mr Hingley, whose world-renowned Netherton ironworks N. Hingley & Sons made the anchor for the Titanic, lived at the property during the 19th century with his son Benjamin.

More than 250 people have supported the bid to save it on Facebook, while 37 individual objections have been lodged with the council.

Clair Wilson said on Facebook: "This is a prime example of where we all need to make our feelings clear to our councils. What a stunning building. Renovation would make it into an amazing home again, or homes, plus it would look amazing and draw money into the town."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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