Massage and nail bar plan for former Old Town museum

HH37 DS Bruce Hammond collection at Museum of Technology, Hemel Hempstead Old Town. Wimshurst Machine , an 1890's electrostatic device.
HH37 DS Bruce Hammond collection at Museum of Technology, Hemel Hempstead Old Town. Wimshurst Machine , an 1890's electrostatic device.

A Grade II listed building that housed historical treasures is set to become a massage and nail salon.

The building at 81 High Street is part of the Hemel Hempstead Old Town Heritage Trail because it used to be the site of 17th century pub, The Sun.

The  Museum of Technology, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, was run by Rosie Houtchane and Trevor Cass. They are pictured with an Air Raid Siren.

The Museum of Technology, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, was run by Rosie Houtchane and Trevor Cass. They are pictured with an Air Raid Siren.

It was rebuilt in the next century with accommodation for travellers, who stabled their horses in the present day Sun Square.

An artisans’ benefit society, providing a type of health insurance for the working man was founded there in 1775.

More recently it was the home of the Museum of Technology and The Great War and WWII.

A planning application has been submitted requesting permission for change of use from a museum to a massage and nail bar.

A decision is expected to be made at the end of March.