The function and form of Conygre House has been changing since its origins as a farmhouse in the seventeenth century. It was bought by the local district council in 1948 and has seen a range of local authority uses since then including operating a a ‘labour exchange’ in the seventies, as a local housing office and as the headquarters of Merlin Housing Society who took over the homes formerly owned by South Gloucestershire Council under a voluntary transfer from 2007. Merlin Housing moved out in 2009 since when the property has been unoccupied.
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Fight to save Bristol house goes on
24th August 2009 | Bristol Evening Post
Campaigners trying to save a historic building in Bristol are about to have talks with council leaders over the future of the premises. Conygre House in Filton is owned by South Gloucestershire Council and in 2005 was one of a number of properties the authority said it wanted to dispose of to help fund new offices in Yate.
Historic Filton building wins reprieve
21st September 2009 | South Glos Post
Filton’s Conservative councillors have welcomed a decision by South Gloucestershire Council’s property chief to put on hold the planned sale of Conygre House in Filton.
Campaign group wins reprieve for historic Bristol building
22nd September 2009 | Bristol Evening Post
Historic Conygre House in Filton has been given a temporary reprieve to allow local people to build up a case to keep it for community use.
Appeal for £3,500 to save former farmhouse
8th February 2011 | Bristol Evening Post
A Filton councillor will make a plea tomorrow for the town council to dip into its pockets to provide funding for empty Conygre House. Tony Blake will urge the council’s Finance Committee to give £3,500 over three years to the three-storey former farmhouse which has been unused for the past two years.
Filton council urged to back Conygre House study
15th September 2011 | Filton Voice
Filton town council’s finance committee have voted to recommend that the council support a feasibility study to assist a business case to save a historical local house.
We’re NOT buying Conygre House – Merlin
23rd July 2012 | Filton Voice
Merlin Housing Association will NOT be buying Conygre House, filtonvoice has been told.
Conygre House to be offered for sale by South Glos Council
26th July 2012 | Filton Journal
Plans to sell Conygre House in Filton are to move forward after feasibility studies showed that it would not be possible to retain it as a sustainable community facility.
Historic Conygre House going up for sale as community use proves too costly
30th July 2012 | Bristol Post
Historic Conygre House in Filton is to be put up for sale after residents trying to save it found it was not financially possible to keep it as a community centre.
Time for area to ‘come on board’
10th August 2012 | Bristol Post (Letters)
It certainly must be discouraging to Filton residents in the Conygre area to know that their cherished Conygre House – reportedly Filton’s oldest building – is on the market to be sold. Owned by South Gloucestershire Council – previously Northavon – it remains to those who live there as its only public accessible building with a sizeable garden space.