Historic hall to be restored to former glory thanks to grant

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ANCIENT Staveley Hall near Chesterfield is to be restored thanks to an award of £880,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The investment means Staveley Hall will be completely restored, including repairs to the roof, the conservation of historic features and the renovation of the ground floor which will be opened up for community use.

A new extension will be built to house a cafe and activity and resource area, including an exhibition detailing the Markham pit disaster of 1938 when 79 local men were killed.

Staveley Hall in its present form was built by Sir Peter Frecheville in 1604, although there have been buildings on the site for more than 700 years.

People from across the community will have the chance to get involved in the restoration.

Work placements in building restoration will be offered with accredited contractors, and 14 to 19-year-olds will be given the chance to pursue diplomas as part of the conservation of the grounds.

Taster sessions and workshops will be offered to the public on the use of stone, lime mortar, joinery, archaeology and traditional craft skills.