Author: CHB

Harlech Castle investment a triumph for tourism

A £6m project to refurbish Harlech Castle has resulted in an increase of more than 35% in visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site The figures were revealed by Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates on a visit to the iconic site on Monday, February 6, as he officially opened a new Education Resource Centre, completed as part of the project. The improvement works were carried out by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) with funding from the Heritage Tourism Project (HTP), which has supported 40 historic sites across Wales since its launch in 2009. The...

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Belfast Majestic cinema saved by church in act of ‘divine intervention’

One of Belfast’s last surviving art deco style cinemas has been saved by an act of “divine intervention”, it’s been claimed. The former Majestic cinema on the Lisburn Road, one of the last remaining venues of its kind in the city, has sat empty for several years. But now it can be revealed the 80-year-old building is being refurbished and developed on behalf of the nearby Windsor Baptist Church, which will use the building as a meeting hall. No one from the church was available for comment. Belfast demolition firm Eastwood is currently gutting much of the building inside...

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CHRIST CHURCH HAMPSTEAD

Christ Church lies near the top of the hill in Hampstead, with a tall spire rising to a height of 185ft and visible from afar. Designed in 1852 by SW Dawkes to house the growing population of Hampstead, the church was constructed of ragstone masonry with ashlar Bath stone ashlar dressings in Early English neo-Gothic style. Never the most attractive of materials, a century of exposure to the elements, and to the depredations of London soot and cementitious repointing in the 1960’s, had rendered the ragstone dirty, scabrous and deeply unlovely. At the same time, the fulllength gutters between nave...

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HERITAGE AT RISK

Dover Town Hall upgraded to Grade I listing Maison Dieu, also known as Dover Town Hall, has today been upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I listing on Historic England’s recommendation. The Department for Culture Media and Sport made the decision, supported by the Victorian Society, to upgrade the 800 year old building’s listing following two years of research into its history which revealed hidden decorative work by Victorian architect William Burges. Originally a Medieval hospital offering shelter to pilgrims heading to Canterbury Cathedral, the building in Dover, south east Kent, was extensively remodelled in the late nineteenth century...

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New £15 million mosque in Cambridge being built for 1,000 worshippers

Work on a massive new £15 million mosque in Cambridge’s Mill Road is now under way and it can be seen being built live on webcam. The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque, currently located in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, plans to move to the larger premises for 1,000 worshipers which was previously owned by Robert Sayle and is on the same road. Planned to be an environmentally-friendly building, it will boast an underground car park, a prayer hall, a restaurant and a park. The environmentally-friendly features in the mosque will include vegetation on the roof, a water recycling scheme,...

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