Letchworth couple feature on BBC programme

The Grade II-listed house in Letchworth GC

The Grade II-listed house in Letchworth GC - Credit: Archant

A couple and their Grade II-listed home feature on a TV show which airs this morning (Tuesday).

Matthew and Monelle Bryce-Reid moved from London to Letchworth GC in May after buying a house in Ridge Road with the intention of renovating the building, which dates back to 1903.

The couple were subsequently contacted by producers of BBC One’s Britain’s Empty Homes about appearing on the programme, which offers advice to those interested in rescuing properties which have fallen into disuse.

The episode was filmed over two days and will be shown at 11.45am today.

Mrs Bryce-Reid said: “We bought the house in April but it had been empty for about a year and we had to do work to it. I’m a member of the Federation of Master Builders and we received an email offering guidance and help for people doing renovations in conservation areas.

“I had never heard of the show but it has around 2.5 million viewers. I thought they would have connections to make our job easier, we had access to specialist teams and guidance and advice.

“It was really exciting, the crew were there to make a programme but I felt they genuinely wanted to help us.

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“We were told by some homeowners that it would be difficult to deal with Letchworth Garden City Heriage Foundation, but they have been brilliant as we discussed things with them right from the start.”

Work to renovate the house is not expected to be complete until May 2014, when produces are expected to return for a follow-up.

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