“Yeah, very much so,” Paul replied. “I mean, in a way, it shut in ’99, they shut the doors and that was it and everything stayed unchanged.
“Now, gradually and carefully, we’re peeling back the layers and breathing life back into the building.”
As the Antiques Road Trip cameras explored, it transpired the roof had crumbled, painting and wallpaper had deteriorated and the featured stain glass was cracked and decayed.
In 2016, volunteers purchased the building with grants and wanted to restore it, with Paul showing Irita the windows they’d been working on.