Dedicated South Yorkshire history teams hit right heritage notes

Pictured in the Mary Queen of Scots room in the Turret Houwse at Manor Lodge, Sheffield, is David Templeman Chairman of the Friends of Manor Lordge.
Pictured in the Mary Queen of Scots room in the Turret Houwse at Manor Lodge, Sheffield, is David Templeman Chairman of the Friends of Manor Lordge.
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Work to improve two of South Yorkshire’s historical gems has been thrust into the national spotlight by English Heritage and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Manor Lodge has received a certificate of recognition from The English Heritage Angel Awards and Wentworth Castle has been shortlisted for the finals.

Wentworth Castle.

Wentworth Castle.

The awards, founded by Lloyd Webber, celebrate the efforts of people who have saved historic buildings and places.

Chair of the Friends of Manor Lodge David Templeman said he was delighted at the recognition for all the hard work which has taken place at the historic site recently.

He said: “In the certificate, Andrew Lloyd Webber makes reference to how heroic rescue projects like this make an important contribution to local and national history, to the life of the local community and to the vital task of securing England’s rich and varied heritage for present and future generations.

“It recognises the time, effort and determination of the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge for the rescue of the site.

“The Friends are rightly proud of this award.”

Meanwhile, the restoration of the Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle is one of four projects shortlisted for best craftsmanship employed on a heritage rescue.

The conservatory was built in 1885 by Crompton and Fawkes who described it as an ‘iron winter garden’.

In its day it was at the forefront of technology, with electric lighting as early as 1886.

It first hit the headlines thanks to the BBC’s Restoration programme in 2003 when the iron glasshouse was so dilapidated it was in danger of being lost forever.

It took nine years to raise the £3.7 million needed to restore the conservatory.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 21.