The Swindon heritage action zone
The Cricketers in Emlyn Square was built in 1847 and traded as a pub until 2016 when the building became vacant.
In November 2019, the Mechanics’ Institution Trust (MIT) signed the lease for The Cricketers and commenced a plan to refurbish the building. The aim is to renovate this former pub in order to provide a public space on the ground floor which could be used for retail, educational or community purposes on the ground floor and three residential apartments on the upper floors.
Planning and listed building consents were granted in March 2022. The Trust have adopted a phased approach to the refurbishment starting with exterior works to the roof, guttering and stonework to make the building watertight. The Trust have been tendering for a contractor and the work is expected to start in Autumn 2022.