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Poltimore House given 500,000 grant for new roof

19 January 10 20:23 GMT

Plans to restore a derelict manor house in Devon have been given a boost with a £500,000 grant to build a new roof.

The money from English Heritage is to be spent on the Grade II-listed Poltimore House, near Exeter, which dates back to the 16th Century.

Over the past five years, a tin roof has covered much of the building to prevent it from deteriorating.

The Poltimore House Trust needs to raise £125,000 towards the roof, but it is hoped work can start in the summer.

The building, which featured on the BBC's first Restoration series in 2003 but narrowly lost out in the finals, has been derelict for nearly 30 years.

However, the national recognition spawned a support group, the Poltimore House Trust, which has more than 400 volunteers.

They have cleared the gardens and raised money in the hope Poltimore can be brought back to life.

Dr Claire Donovan of the trust said: "At the moment we're looking at a mix of business, the arts, heritage education and other ways that we can bring the public into this building to be able to take it forward."

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