Historic home to become heritage centre

Historic home to become heritage centre

Historic home to become heritage centre

North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning department have given the go-ahead for the conversion of a grade II listed building in Immingham.

The residential property at 359 Pelham Road, known as The Iron Bungalow, is set to become a volunteer-run, non-profit heritage centre.

The building was constructed in 1907 – only three of its type survive.

One has already been reconstructed at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Doncaster.

This type of housing was generally made as part of a major building or civil engineering project, in this case Immingham Docks.

The Iron Bungalow in Immingham is owned by Malcolm Cullum, chairman of trustees at Immingham Museum. He said:

“I believe history should be accessible to everyone, and, by opening 359 and telling the story, I could do just that. 

“At least one of these bungalows has been in our family for 91 years, and I lived in one for 42 years.

“I think it is important to document history for the future – the story of Tin Town between 1906 and 1940 and how and why it was built as well as the massive task of constructing Immingham Dock.”

He continued:

“It benefits from being in its original context.

“The building has definite character and clear historical interest and as such,  buildings are becoming increasingly rare.

“I do not think this project will make a profit, but I am doing it because it is the right thing to do.

“I do not want to charge for entry but would ask for donations.

“Conducted tours may be offered in conjunction with walks run by the museum.”

It is thought that the bungalow will remain structurally unchanged.

The change-of-use application was approved in full this week.

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