Heritage Lottery Funding helps secure the heritage of Grange Court

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Heritage Lottery Funding helps secure the heritage of Grange Court

Posted: 14/07/2011 13:06:52

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed that Herefordshire Council and the LARC Development Trust have been awarded a development grant* of £25,300 to further develop their project to secure the history of grade II* listed Grange Court in Leominster for current and future generations.

Currently undergoing a programme of restoration, Grange Court was originally built by John Abel, the King’s Carpenter in 1633. The building was located in the centre of Leominster, as the Market House for the town.

During the life of the building it has been used as a market house, town hall, court house, guild headquarters, school and community meeting-place, with market stalls set out underneath. In 1859 the structure was dismantled and re-erected on its present site in the Priory Grange, converted into a gentleman’s residence and renamed Grange Court. Since 1935 it has been used as Council offices.

The restoration work will convert Grange Court into a multi-use community and heritage centre that will be owned and operated by the LARC Development Trust.

The HLF grant means that Herefordshire Council and the LARC Development Trust can now work up their plans to progress the second stage of the HLF application process for a full grant of £287,400 to create heritage displays, audio visual equipment, publications, employ a heritage officer as well as provide community learning and volunteering opportunities at the site.

Anne Jenkins, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands said: “We’re extremely pleased to give initial support to the project, which aims to complement the restoration taking place at Grange Court with an exciting education programme so that its fascinating history can enjoyed by future generations. We shall watch the developing plans with interest."

Bill Jackson, Chair of LARC said: “This is great news for Grange Court and the people of Leominster, as not only will it enable the history of this amazing building to be recorded and accessed by the local community, it will also help us to put Grange Court on the map as a valuable and accessible heritage site.”

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