Monday, 11 December 2017

Publisher seals deal

A VISITOR centre dedicated to author George Orwell will open in Henley in September after the town council signed a

A VISITOR centre dedicated to author George Orwell will open in Henley in September after the town council signed a 30-year lease agreement with art publisher Peter Burness-Smith to convert the disused chapel at Fair Mile cemetery.

Mr Burness-Smith, of St Mark’s Road, Henley, will pay a peppercorn rent of £1 per year under the terms of the contract. As the Standard reported last week, the centre will be called George Orwell’s Henley and will document what the town was like when he was a resident in the early 1900s. It will be open all year round.

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