Forty Hall © Enfield Council
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded two grants worth nearly £2 million to the restoration project of the Grade I listed Forty Hall in Enfield.
The HLF has earmarked £1,832,000 for the full restoration of the property with a further £167,500 earmarked to help owners Enfield Council create a detailed development plan for the project.
Wesley Kerr, Chair of the London Committee for the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “It is a delight to allocate funding to this visionary project to restore this remarkable Jacobean mansion.”
“Forty Hall has many outstanding features, with archaeology going back to Tudor times and royal history, as well as fine interiors. It is a building of importance not only to Enfield but to the whole of London.”
The building is currently being used as a local museum, arts and community venue, but the restoration work will enable Enfield Council to turn it into a landmark visitor attraction and a centre of excellence for education, events and exhibitions.
The restoration project will preserve the house and restore the original layout, including a remodelling of the staircase similar in design to the 17th century original.
A lift will be installed to improve access for families and disabled people, and improved signage and interpretations will be added to explain the history of the house and its past inhabitants.
Currently, visitors can only access around 45% of the house, but after the restoration work, public access will be increased to 75%.