The house is currently owned by the Old BuildingsPreservation & Restoration Trust, St Albans. There have been several previous attempts to purchase the building and save it from being turned into residential use, which would mean it being lost for viewing by the public.
In 2011, a local group of residents had learned that 20 years before, the current owners had started to make the alterations necessary to turn the property into 2 flats. This project had been abandoned and it was obvious that the building could make an excellent Heritage Centre for the area. As a result, St John’s HouseTrust (Bridgend), a registered charity (Reg. No. 1147340), was formed in May 2012.
The Trust is committed to purchasing St John’s House and making the property available for viewing, to inform the general public and provide an educational provision for the young people of Bridgend and surrounding area. We aim to provide a focal point in the local neighbourhood to meet and respond to the growing needs of community in the area. We will offer a building that can be used by the public to meet in a safe, secure and fun environment.
In Bridgend there are four Grade II* listed buildings, Newcastle Castle, Newcastle House, St Iltyds Church and St John’s House, all within the Newcastle Conservation area, we see St John’s House becoming a heritage hub for Bridgend.