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A view inside the historic Toneworks site

Wellington's historic Toneworks site has been opened to public tours.

The grade II listed former dyeworks was once at the heart of the town's economy - before it closed and fell into disrepair.

The old Fox family-owned factory dyed and finished cloth, and the derelict site is now the UK's best surviving example of a dyeworks.

It is thought the site produced cloth used to make suits for Winston Churchill, actor Cary Grant, Rolling Stones star Charlie Watts, and a host of other big names.

Work by Somerset Council has made safe parts of the site, with some walls and roofs reinforced, and asbestos removed.

These restorations are the early stages of a larger project which hopes to bring the site into use - possibly as an artisan hub, a museum or something else entirely.

The Toneworks tours see around a dozen members of the public, clad in hard hats and high-viz, taken on an informative and guided trip around the site.

Tours will continue to be on offer until October. Commenting, Cllr Ros Wyke, Executive Lead Member for Economic Development, Planning  and Assets, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes of an iconic part of Wellington’s history. It is a national treasure that we are trying to secure for future generations, and I hope people will seize this rare chance to see a precious part of the nation’s industrial history.

“I would like to thank Historic England, Wellington Town Council and South West Heritage Trust for the funding and support over recent years, as well as the council’s Heritage at Risk team.”