Shropshire

Quatt's Dower House to be converted into apartments

Dower House, Quatt
Image caption Dower House School closed in 2010

Plans to turn a Grade II-Listed building into apartments have been approved by Shropshire Council.

The 17th Century Dower House at Quatt, near Bridgnorth, was run as an independent primary school until it closed two years ago.

Its owners, the National Trust, propose to convert the building into seven apartments for rent.

Part of the Dudmaston Estate, the plans will also see the stables and coach house restored.

The authority added that the plans were "of a high quality of design" and were appropriate for the surrounding area.

Built in 1680 Dower House was first used as a school in 1830, before reverting back to a private residence in the early 1900s.

It was given to the National Trust in 1978, since when it was used as independent school, until its liquidation in 2010.

The National Trust's General Manager for South Shropshire Marcus Alliwell said work on the country house could start in the autumn.

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