Ripley Castle near Harrogate has been given a £343,000 grant by Historic England to restore a series of garden buildings in it’s grounds.

The cash will be used to repair the Grade II listed Orangery and some other adjoining buildings.

They’re thought to have been designed in around 1785 by York-born architect William Belwood.

Once the work’s been done, the buildings will be used for educational visits and outdoor events.

The buildings are currently on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk Register’, but it’s hoped the restoration will help secure their survival for future generations.

Ripley Castle say the work will provide jobs for specialist craftsmen and contractors, helping to support the coronavirus recovery in the heritage sector.

Giles Proctor from Historic England said:

“These handsome historic garden buildings form the centrepiece of Ripley Castle’s beautiful grounds. Their restoration will improve the experience of the tens of thousands of people who visit every year, as well as provide educational and leisure opportunities.”

Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of Ripley Castle, said:

‘‘The restoration of these buildings will be a big step forward in the ambitious programme to restore the walled gardens at Ripley Castle to their former glory.

“We are enormously grateful to Historic England for their help and support for this project, which will, when completed, help a lot of people to overcome the financial and mental trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic’’

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