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£1.6m grant will transform Bramall Hall into regional attraction

February 17, 2014 2:45 PM

Local MP, Mark Hunter, has welcomed news that Bramall Hall in Stockport has been awarded a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to transform it into a regional heritage attraction.

The overall cost of the project is £2m which also includes funding from Stockport Council who own and manage the Grade I Listed building. The Friends of Bramall Hall and Park have raised money towards the project and will contribute their time.

The funding will be used to restore the nationally important building including repairs to the highly decorative 16th-century Venetian plaster ceiling in the Withdrawing Room. The Victorian Boiler House will be repaired, and the repair and conversion of the stable block will provide Bramall Hall with much improved visitor facilities including better toilets, a relocated shop and café, and a dedicated education space for school parties.

The project will enable the council to conserve key objects and explain Bramall Hall's fascinating past to visitors in a more engaging, modern, and interactive way. People can get involved in the project by volunteering their time or through an exciting programme of training and events.

Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle, said:

Mark pictured at Bramall Hall

Mark Hunter MP pictured at Bramall Hall

'This grant is great news for the whole area as not only will it preserve one of our cultural gems for future generations, it will also help to attract more tourists to visit Bramall. It is also a very welcome reward for the Friends of Bramall Hall and Park whose support, time and fundraising have played a big part in securing the funding.

'Bramall Hall is a building of major historical significance which hasn't seen any real investment since the 1980s. This funding will unlock the Hall's potential and I hope Stockport residents will visit once the restoration is complete.'

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said:

'Once described as 'one of the four best timber-framed mansions of England', Bramall Hall is an impressive example of 14th-century architecture and of huge heritage merit. Today's HLF grant will enable vital repair and conservation work to get underway on the most at risk parts of the building. It will also help Stockport Council create an interactive series of community activities and improve the current visitor encouraging everyone to visit and get involved.'