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GRO Hill Paul 2003 IMG 0832
What: Historic building
Where: Near the railway station at Cheapside
Then: Built in 1898 for Williamson Tratt & Co, for a clothing business, which was taken over in 1902 by Hill Paul & Co. The business continued successfully, employing 110 people in 1971. Production finished in 1989 and the building was purchased by a developer, whose intention was to build flats. The building became unsafe and demolition looked likely. In response, the Hill Paul Regeneration group was formed, and Stroud people barricaded the building to stop demolishers moving in. Once again Stroudies were successful in winning a change of heart
Now: The building has now been restored and converted into luxury apartments

The Hill Paul building near the railway station in Cheapside has been at the centre of a recent conservation battle.

It was built in 1898 for Williamson Tratt & Co., who had established a wholesale clothing business in Stroud in 1879. It seems to have been built to a design provided by Henry A. Cheers of Teddington (Middlesex) as early as 1886.

In 1902, Williamson Tratt & Co went into liquidation, and another firm of clothing manufacturers, Hill Paul & Co., took over the factory. The business continued successfully for many years, and in 1971, still employed 110 people.

Production finished in 1989 and the building was purchased by a property developer for conversion into flats. However, nothing happened and the building gradually became unsafe.

In 2000, it was proposed to demolish it. A number of Stroud people formed a barricade to stop the demolition team from moving in, and the Hill Paul Regeneration Group was formed. The Group was successful in producing a change of heart, and the building has now been restored and converted into luxury apartments.

More information: SLHS website - Hill Paul

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