Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association welcomes heritage grant for Albany Bell Castle


Albany Bell Castle, at 86 Guildford Road in Maylands. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d478135
Albany Bell Castle, at 86 Guildford Road in Maylands. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d478135

MAYLANDS Historical and Peninsula Association president Deborah Chinnery has welcomed a State Government grant which will go towards a conservation management strategy for the Albany Bell Castle in Maylands.

The State Heritage-listed castle was built in 1914 as a factory producing confectionary and cakes before being converted into apartments.

The State Government awarded $9563 for the future of the castle as part of its 2017-18 Heritage Grants Program.

Ms Chinnery said the Albany Bell company was an important local employer for Maylands residents.

“The building and its surrounds are a beautiful and striking architectural landmark for the Maylands community,” she said.

“It is recognised widely by its corner towers.

“The building itself has had many incarnations over its life which all tell a story of the history of Maylands.”

Heritage Council of WA deputy chair Philip Griffiths said the remaining original castle structure to the exterior of the complex would be part of a strategy to help document the place’s significant zones and elements, condition and schedule that may be required now and into the future.

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the council recognised the importance of preserving built heritage.

“The City of Bayswater has a significant number of recognised heritage buildings and it is important that we see that heritage conserved for future generations,” he said.

“Heritage buildings and places provide us with links to the past and they explain how we got to where we are today.

“So in that regard, heritage buildings and structures make a significant contribution towards our identity as a community and our sense of place.”

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