York­shire’s her­itage re­ceives in­vest­ment

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

FOR some rea­son, York­shire’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage has been much in the news of late. Athena was de­lighted to hear last week about the Chan­cel­lor’s start-up grant of £7.6 mil­lion to­wards the trust es­tab­lished to run Went­worth Wood­house in South York­shire, the vast neo-clas­si­cal house be­gun by the 1st Mar­quess of Rock­ing­ham in 1725. The money goes to the Went­worth Wood­house Preser­va­tion Trust, formed on the ini­tia­tive of SAVE Bri­tain’s Her­itage, just days be­fore its painstak­ing work to raise pledges of £7 mil­lion to­wards the pur­chase of the prop­erty un­rav­elled.

The house is ex­pected to re­quire a stag­ger­ing £42 mil­lion of re­pair work over the next 12–15 years. Money for this will be gen­er­ated by the cre­ation within the

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