09:10AM, Friday 05 August 2016
One of Windsor’s most renowned buildings, which has stood empty for more than a year, looks set to be transformed into a high-end jewellery store.
The Crooked House, otherwise known as Market Cross House, will become the new home of jewellers Jersey Pearl.
The company has been based on the Jersey in the Channel Islands for 30 years but has now decided to open a store on mainland England, with Windsor identified as its preferred location.
Mike Taylor, brand director for Jersey Pearl, said: “This is our first foray into having our own store in the UK.
“We’ve been looking at lots of towns including Bath and Oxford.
“But Windsor has been our favourite for some time because of the particularly strong market and the large number of tourists who visit the town.”
The 17th century building was put up for sale in April last year for £1.5million but failed to sell.
Estate agent Campsie then took on the property in February and struck a deal to rent it to Jersey Pearl on a 10-year lease.
The Crooked House is regarded as one of the town’s most iconic landmarks due to its signature lean which is believed to have been caused when unseasoned green oak was used when it was rebuilt following a land dispute in 1687.
Mr Taylor, 34, added: “We’ve had an engineer come round to make sure it’s not going to lean anymore.
“The history of the property is really important and we’ve met with people from Windsor Guildhall to get to the bottom of lots of different stories surrounding the store.
“Being in an iconic building will hopefully add a lot of credibility to the brand.”
During its history the property has housed a jewellers, a brewery and most recently a tea room.
Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), chairman of the borough’s visitor management forum, added: “It’s great to see a tenant back in there and we wish them every success.
“I hope the town will support them and we will do all we can to help them.”
The store is expected to open next month.
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