Author: CHB

£6.2m restoration of spectacular Brompton Cemetery

A £6.2m investment has restored and conserved Brompton Cemetery in West London, revealing architectural splendour, uncovering hidden heritage gems and preserving a historic landscape and a wildlife haven for communities in a densely-populated part of the capital. The 4-year restoration project was funded through the National Lottery with a £4.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund (BLF), plus an investment of £1.7m from The Royal Parks, the charity which manages the cemetery, generous donors, and with support from The Friends of Brompton Cemetery charity. This pioneering project is engaging people and communities with historic...

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Letting in the light at Brodsworth Hall

Rare hi-tech Victorian shutters will today (24th May 2018), finally let in the light at one of Yorkshire’s finest country houses, Brodsworth Hall, having been returned to working order as part of a £1.5m conservation project by English Heritage. The new-fangled Francis & Co. patent Victorian revolving window shutters were just one of the many mod-cons adopted by the wealthy Thellusson family when they built their grand new home between 1861 and 1863.  Packed with all the latest conveniences Victorian technology could offer, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens was intended to be the ultimate residence for the Jones’s to keep...

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Loughborough war memorial to get £280k clean up

One of the county’s biggest war memorials is undergoing a clean-up over the summer. The Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park, Loughborough, was built after the First World War as a memorial to the local men who gave their lives while serving their country. Construction was completed in 1923 and the 150-foot high tower was officially opened nearly 95 years ago on 22nd July 1923. The tower houses 47 bells, crafted by John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough, and it is a grade two listed building. It is also home to a war museum. For the next few months the...

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Caergwrle set to become Cadw’s 43rd castle

Caergwrle castle is set to become the 43rd castle in Cadw’s care following an agreement in principle between Cadw and the castle’s current custodians, Hope community council. It will be Cadw’s first entirely new acquisition of a castle for 25 years. The castle dates back to 1277 having initially been built by Dafydd ap Gruffudd. It holds a unique place in Welsh history as the last castle to be built by a native Welsh Prince and played a significant role in events which culminated in Llywelyn’s death near Builth in 1282 and Dafydd’s own capture and gruesome execution at...

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