HLF confirms grant for Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford
28th July 2010
Sir Walter Scott's former home in the Scottish Borders will be
restored thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Abbotsford House in Melrose is among four places of historic
significance that will share funding of GBP 10.5 million. It will
receive a grant of GBP 4.8 million out of the pool.
'HLF's grant will enable restoration of the house and its
contents, including fascinating personal items relating to historic
figures - such as Rob Roy's sporran and Napoleon's pen case,' the
The funding will also be used to create a new visitor centre, a
learning suite and self-catering accommodation at the home.
Welcoming the grant, the Abbotsford Trust said the money will
allow it to make good on match-funding pledges from the Scottish
government, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise, Historic
Scotland and a number of private individuals.
Caerphilly's Grade II listed Newbridge Memorial Hall, Tudor
house The Walronds in Cullompton, Devon, and Bedfordfordshire's
historic gardens at Wrest Park will also be allocated grants from
the funding pool.
Carole Souter, chief executive of the HLF, said that all four
projects are 'wonderful places of historic importance' and make
strong contributions to the economies of their local areas.