street view of old post office converted into house with red door

Longham Post Office

Conversion of a pair of historic Grade II Listed Lady Wimborne Cottages plus two additional new houses.
Location Longham, Dorset
Status Built
Use Heritage, Conversion
Client Private

A conservation project to restore two attractive Lady Wimborne Cottages and to provide two new traditional style homes fitting for the historic site.

street view of old post office converted into house with red door

Restoration of the Lady Wimborne Cottages

Formerly Longham Post Office, this pair of attractive Grade II Listed cottages were run down, and incorporated unsightly 20th Century extensions which had fallen into disrepair. WDA have sensitively restored them back to their former glory original residential use. Built in 1867, they are early examples of Lady Wimborne Cottages and therefore of historical significance.

The unsightly modern single storey extensions have been removed and the cottages carefully restored, with minor alterations, so that they can be used again as two bedroom cottages. Restoration works included; re-roofing with plain clay tiles, structural repairs to external walls, alterations to the internal walls. New simple extensions have been added to the rear of the properties that are sympathetic to the historical significance of the 19th Century Victorian Cottages.

before photo, front view of old red brick post office
street view of old post office converted into house with red door

Before: Unsightly extension

Before: Unattractive side additions

side view of red brick house with enclosed lawn garden

After: Old extensions removed and replaced with traditional style extensions

detail photo of red brick house with red feature door and small window with leaded lights
interior living space with log burner fireplace
rear view of new red brick house with red tiled roof

A new opportunity

All the unnecessary and intrusive outbuildings were removed from the rear of the historic cottages creating space for two additional new traditional houses on the site.

The new brick homes are designed to compliment the existing cottages and are traditional in style. The entrances feature a timber bridge over an existing stream which makes an attractive edition.

The future of this heritage asset has been secured and delightful starter homes created.


Completion Date 2019
Photography Edwards Estate Agents, Hearnes Estate agents

rear view of red brick house with walkway over river leading to graveled parking area
living and kitchen area with vaulted ceilings