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£1.8 million spring lottery bonanza for Forty Hall

Published Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The Heritage Lottery Fund has this week announced that the £1.8m Stage 2 grant to restore Forty Hall has been given the go ahead.

Forty Hall Future

The restoration project will preserve the house, described by heritage experts as being of national significance and a rare example of an uncommon type of building that sits between the English medieval and classical house styles. It retains a substantially intact early 17th Century interior, and is considered by English Heritage to be one of the most significant surviving buildings of its type in the country.

Key features of the restoration scheme include:
- The relocation of Enfield Museum from Forty Hall to the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town;
-  Full physical access to the first and second floors achieved by installing a lift and reinstating a Jacobean staircase in the direction of the original;
- Full restoration of the interiors of the Hall to reflect the period it was built;
- The creation of new spaces for learning and participation;
- A programme of new excavation works at Elsyng Palace in the grounds of the Hall;
- And more..

The Hall will be closed for renovation between January 2011 until November 2011 approximately, although there will be regular updates to the public on how works are going.

Cllr Michael Lavender, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping said "We are delighted to hear that at last this project has been given the go ahead and the design work is going to begin immediately.

"The Hall is going to be opened up so that visitors can walk right through the building in the way that the original architects of the Hall intended. The beautiful new Jacobean staircase will also compliment this pattern, plus the new lift which will allow access to the first and second floors for the first time.

"We also intend to create a vibrant new visitor development programme and exciting events calendar which will see people flock from all over London to the Hall.

"Elsyng Palace will also have further investigation; this Royal Palace which is buried in the grounds still has much of its secrets yet to be discovered. This lottery money will allow us to begin an ambitious programme of excavation and discovery.  It is an exciting time in the history of Forty Hall".

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