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Funding for Boston Manor House

Wed 31 July 2019, 4:08 pm

A royal visitor was welcomed at Boston Manor House in June, to celebrate the Grade I-listed building in Brentford being awarded funding to help with its major regeneration project.

The Duke of Gloucester, royal patron for the Heritage of London Trust, visited the historic Jacobean house for a guided tour. He was shown images of Queen Elizabeth when she re-opened Boston Manor House in 1963, after restoration work following bomb damage during the Second World War.

The visit came after Hounslow Council was successful in gaining a £9,300 grant from the Heritage of London Trust to restore and conserve rare 18th century wallpaper at the venue that depicts classical ruins.

Heritage of London trust director, Dr Nicola Stacey, said: “The restoration project is one of the most exciting in London and the house will have so much to offer when it reopens – from 17th century interiors to rare 18th century wallpaper and new public spaces. We’re very pleased to be involved.”#

The restoration of Boston Manor House (Phase 1) started in mid-July this year, and earlier in the month Hounslow Council's Cabinet approved an application for a grant from The National Lottery for the regeneration of Boston Manor Park (Phase 2).

Last year the borough was awarded £3.7m through The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the restoration of the house. Now funding for £3.63m for Phase 2 will be applied for through a second-round grant application.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, cabinet member for leisure services at Hounslow Council, said: “It is very reassuring to have Cabinet’s backing to proceed with our grant application for Phase 2 of the Boston Manor House and Park regeneration project. Through taking action now, we are able to not only sympathetically restore the House to its former glory but improve facilities and access to the splendid parkland.

“Additionally we will look to develop affordable workspace to support the local creative sector and to ensure that Boston Manor House will serve as a go-to cultural and leisure destination and be preserved for generations to come.”

The two-year restoration project of the Grade I listed historic house, built in 1623, is due to finish when it reopens to the public in spring 2021.

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