CAMPAIGNERS have secured a bid for almost £800,000 of National Lottery cash towards a scheme to restore one of a town’s most historical buildings.
Friends of Dronfield Hall Barn have been told £789,800 has been reserved from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
They money – two-thirds of £1.2 million needed for the project – can be claimed once detailed proposals have been approved.
But £59,000 has been made available immediately to help carry out preliminary work.
The decision to grant the funding was described as ‘exciting news’ by Margaret Phipps, who chairs the Friends of Dronfield Hall Barn campaign group.
She has written a letter to Dronfield Town Council thanking people for support.
Mrs Phipps wrote: “Your support has been invaluable to us and has helped us with our bid for Heritage Lottery funding.”
The early Lottery funding will pay for an assessment to show restoration represents value for money, an archaeological dig before any construction and for archives about Dronfield’s heritage to be uploaded on to the internet.
Friends of Dronfield Hall Barn will have to raise the remaining 34 per cent of the project costs before restoration can take place.
People can find out about the restoration by calling into the project office at the barn site on Thursdays between 11am and 1pm.
The scheme is also being debated by Dronfield Town Council on Monday in the council chamber, Civic Hall, from 7pm.
Dronfield Hall Barn stands back from the High Street, opposite the Blue Stoops pub.
The outer walls are from the 17th century but the interior includes remains of a rare king post timber frame from an older manor house, believed to date from the 15th century.
The grade II listed building is believed to be the oldest domestic property still standing in Dronfield.