A new public square is being created to show off one of Plymouth’s oldest buildings as part of the city's preparations for Mayflower 400.
The area outside the 15th Century Prysten House is to get some love and attention with plans to replace the 1970s paving with beautiful granite paving and an Elizabethan Garden pattern marked out with cobbles. New trees will be planted and new street furniture installed.
A planning application for listed building consent is being submitted this week by the Council so that the work directly outside the former merchant’s house can get underway in the new year.
The location is also set to be included on the city's Mayflower trail, and forms part of the self-guided tour on the official Mayflower 400 app.
But it’s not just furniture and floors that are getting a makeover. Flora and fauna will be putting on a show for Mayflower, thanks to volunteers from Minster Church of St Andrew’s and the Mayflower Makers.
How the new public square would look
The group plan to add even more colour in the churchyard overlooking the newly created square and they are using the minister’s magnificent Piper window as inspiration.
John Piper was a major contributor to the artistic landscape of 20th-century Britain. He worked as a painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and theatre sets. He collaborated with the likes of John Betjeman and Benjamin Britten.
Janet Greaves Stocker, who is organising the volunteer group on behalf of the church, said: “We are bringing the stunning colours from the Piper window outside by replanting the garden. It is going to look glorious. We want more people to stop here and enjoy being in this very special part of Plymouth.”
The volunteers have already put their first planting event in the diary for 26 October and have more planned across the winter.
How the square outside Prysten House looks at the moment
Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans added: “Prysten House is a stunning building which survived the Blitz and looks magnificent next to the minister. But it is surrounded by some rather uninspiring concrete.
“That’s going to change. With the help of the lovely volunteers at the minster and the Mayflower Makers, we are going to turn this corner into a place people want to sit and enjoy. Can’t wait.”
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