Literary and Scientific Institute, East Street, Bridport - West Dorset

Founded 1835 as Mechanics Institute and reconstituted 1855 as Literary and Scientific Institute. Since 2012 a local trust has carried out project development work, grant aided by Historic England, which included a conservation management plan, a condition survey and feasibility study exploring the viability of using the building for community purposes. The trust completed this work in March 2014. Heritage Lottery Fund grant in place and Historic England grant offered in December 2014. Works began on site in 2016 for repair and conversion. Due for completion 2018.

Literary and Scientific Institute, East Street, Bridport - West Dorset
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1118999
  • Local Planning Authority: West Dorset
  • Site Type: Education > Institute


  • Building Name: Literary and Scientific Institute
  • Street Name: East Street
  • County: Dorset
  • District / Borough: West Dorset
  • Parish: Bridport
  • Parliamentary Constituency: West Dorset
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Fair
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Charity (non-heritage)
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA