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eps are being taken to breathe new life into a timber-framed grade II listed building in Chingford that has been put on Historic England’s at risk register.

Waltham Forest Council said it plans to restore the Pimp Hall dovecote which is the last surviving structure from the historic Pimp Hall site in King’s Road – to its former glory.

The council has pledged funding to help the restoration works and improvements to the entrance.

The dovecote building was used to house doves and pigeons for food.

It can be found in Pimp Hall Nature Reserve on the former land of the 16th Century Pimps Hall, gardens and farm.

The Hall was used as a working farm until 1934, when it was bought by Chingford Council.

The site was then divided between allotments, a council-run nursery and a small park where the barn and dovecote are located.

Historians said since that time, the dovecote’s timber frame has deteriorated, and the structure has been the target of vandalism.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said the authority was exploring how best to restore and protect the building so that it is removed from the at risk register managed by Historic England.

Cllr Robins said: “As well as saving Pimp Hall dovecote for future generations, we want to open it up to the community and enable residents and visitors to learn more about its history and the Pimp Hall site through a series of events and educational resources.

“We hope one day to see the dovecote being used for special events, exhibitions or open days, but first we need to fully understand the scale of work required in order to preserve it for all to enjoy.

“To that end, we’re currently carrying out a study to see what the restoration project could look like, and will work with the Friends of Pimp Hall Park and Nature Reserve, Pimp Hall Allotment Association, Hornbeam, Friday Hill Tenant Management Organisation and other local organisations to develop future proposals.”

Claire Ford, chair of Friends of Pimp Hall Park and Nature Reserve, said: “We are all very excited that the dovecote is going to be restored. Funding from the council will mean that this beautiful, listed building can once again be a wonderful reminder of our joint history and heritage in Chingford.

“The Pimp Hall dovecote restoration plan is part of the council’s wider efforts to conserve and enhance the borough’s heritage assets whilst maximising their contribution to future economic growth and community well-being.

“By improving public access to historic sites such as this, it is hoped visitors will develop a greater appreciation of Waltham Forest’s rich history.”

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