UK landmarks saved by £11m lottery grant Posted by: HeritageDaily, May 30, 2011 >HMS Alliance - Image Source : Wiki Commons License Five curious landmarks, ranging from the biggest greenhouse in Barnsley to a corroding veteran submarine on the Solent have had their futures secured with an £11m lottery grant. >This article titled “UK landmarks saved by £11m lottery grant” was written by Martin Wainwright, for The Guardian on Sunday 29th May 2011 23.04 UTC Five curious landmarks, ranging from the biggest greenhouse in Barnsley to a corroding veteran submarine on the Solent have had their futures secured with an £11m lottery grant. A Welsh pier, a London music hall and the transporter bridge across the Tees at Middlesbrough also take a share of the money, plus initial support for four projects still working on detailed restoration plans. The package from the Heritage Lottery Fund marks another step in the quango’s skill at avoiding the charges of geographical favouritism rife in the mid-1990s. Growing mastery of the grant system in the regions is helping to disperse money which initially seemed to favour long-planned and well-developed applications from London and other “obvious” heritage centres. The biggest of the new grants go to Gosport, Middlesbrough and Barnsley which get the lion’s share totalling £8.4m – hefty money for relatively small local economies. Carol Souter, chief executive of the HLF, said that each had come up with a project more than worthy of national attention. Barnsley’s restoration of the winter gardens at Wentworth Castle, which receives £2.4m will complete the revival of one of the most startling landmarks alongside the M1 in an area often misconceived-of as grimy and industrial. Surrounded by miles of park, forestry and farmland, including a venison-producing deer herd by the motorway, the mansion is home to the UK’s finest collections of rhododendrons. Plants collected by the Victorian Fitzwilliam family, who also owned the even bigger mansion of Wentworth Woodhouse five miles away, were returned to China a decade ago to replace species lost in dam-building and rural development. Souter said the project had clearly secured the affection of local people, with a thriving volunteer group and 200 panes of new glass for the greenhouse already sponsored by local people and organisations. London’s share of the money is more modest this time, with £207,400 development funding for Hoxton music hall for work on a proposed £2m restoration. The Victorian building is the only saloon-style music hall to survive in the UK. The other confirmed grants go to HMS Alliance at Gosport, a 1945-7 submarine which gets £3.4m, Middlesbrough’s bridge which gets £2.6m, Penarth pier and pavilion which gets £1.68m and Wakefield cathedral, which turned aside some church concerns about lottery money as an ethical source to receive £1.58m. The cathedral hosts arts, community and civic events as well as regular worship and its grant continues a good run for the city, which has just opened two shopping centres and the £35 million Hepworth gallery. Smaller development grants go to historic stables at Newmarket, a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and 10 areas of ancient woodland across the UK. guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 Published via the Guardian News Feed plugin for WordPress. Share! Tweet HeritageDaily About the author Heritage Daily is an independent online archaeology magazine, dedicated to the heritage and historical sector. We identified the need for a central resource offering the latest archaeological news, journals, articles and press releases. Related Posts Archaeologists find 10,000 objects from Roman London Discoveries include writing tablets, thousands of pieces of pottery and a large collection of p ... RIP Time Team, you were a national treasure Let's celebrate the memory of a show that charmed and educated through bejumpered boffins at to ... Row over Richard III’s final burial site rumbles on Leicester cathedral says remains should be reburied under floor but Richard III Society calls f ... Mystery of Henri IV’s missing head divides France Book claiming mummified skull found in the attic of a retired tax collector is that of 'good ki ... Richard III: unveiling day arrives for skeleton that would be king On Monday afternoon the people of Leicester should finally see the mortal remains of the neighb ... Such irony, that Michael Gove has the state to thank for saving English history Among the most surprising buildings to find in the English landscape is Tattershall Castle, whi ... Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.