Tyntesfield Secures £20m Lottery Funding For Major Conservation Project

By Graham Spicer | 13 September 2006
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Tyntesfield is one of the finest examples of a Victorian Gothic country house. © NTPL/Andrew Butler

Tyntesfield, the Victorian Gothic mansion in Wraxall, Bristol, has secured £20m of lottery funding to help safeguard its future and provide new facilities.

The money had been earmarked in 2005 for a five-year redevelopment project and now a Stage Two Heritage Lottery Fund pass has been granted, guaranteeing the funding.

As well as paying for essential repairs, the money will create full public access for 160,000 visitors each year and develop a learning and community resource aiming to engage new audiences with heritage.

photo of an ornately decorated victorian room with a wooden vaulted roof

The money will fund repairs and refurbishment as well as providing access to more visitors and creating an education centre. © NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Tyntesfield staff are now working with the Heritage Lottery Fund to form a final schedule of work and the first phase of redevelopment is hoped to start in autumn 2006, with the project running until 2011.

Overlooking the Land Yeo Valley, Tyntesfield was remodelled by John Norton in 1864 for wealthy merchant William Gibbs. A unique surviving example among the great houses, the property is regarded as a treasure not only for its high Victorian architecture, but also as a complete social document of the Victorian era.

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