Historic hall’s £880,000 revamp

NDET 94639'Ian Haddock, Assistant Town Clerk by Staveley Hall.
NDET 94639'Ian Haddock, Assistant Town Clerk by Staveley Hall.

AN HISTORIC listed building is set to undergo a major restoration thanks to a £880,000 grant.

Staveley Hall and its grounds are to be revamped with money from Heritage Lottery Fund.

The work, part of the Heart of Staveley Project, will include roof repairs, conserving historic features and renovating of the ground floor which will be opened up for use by the community.

Staveley Town Council clerk Graeme Challands said: “It’s a large piece of the jigsaw of funding that we need to secure the future of Staveley Hall and the grounds. On behalf of Staveley Town Council I should like to thank our team of consultants, the Heart of Staveley Project Steering Group and most of all the huge number of individuals and organisations who have supported this community flagship project.”

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

The hall, with its origins in the 12th century, is steeped in history. The present hall was built by Sir Peter Frecheville in 1604, although there have been buildings on this site for over 700 years.

People from across the community will have the chance to get involved in the restoration and work placements will be offered with accredited contractors.

Teenagers will also be given the chance to pursue a diploma as part of the conservation of the grounds.

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

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield added: “I am delighted that the HLF are going to invest this significant amount of money in Staveley.

“The restored Hall will provide a fantastic asset to the whole community and I am particularly pleased that local young people will be key to the restoration of the historic site. “

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