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The Coker Rope and Sail Trust is a dedicated body set up with the aim of preserving and restoring the listed Dawes Twine Works at West Coker near Yeovil, following a compulsory purchase order served on the previous owners by the local authority. The works, which featured in the television series Restoration, had closed in 1968 but retains its original 19th century rope and twine making equipment . In May the Trust announced that it had been awarded £80,000 by English Heritage and £40,000 by South Somerset District Council (SSDC). These funds will permit basic onsite works and scaffolding has already been erected. An initial development plan, prepared by architects, has been submitted which concludes that further work such as allowing active exhibitions of the vintage machinery and the provision of offices, toilets and a car parking area will amount to a final cost for the scheme of around £1 million..



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Dawes Engine House