Allerton Castle open day plans

17th December 2010'Forgotten Folly.'Pictured a view of  Allerton Castle from the folly'PICTURE BY GERARD BINKS

17th December 2010'Forgotten Folly.'Pictured a view of Allerton Castle from the folly'PICTURE BY GERARD BINKS

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Allerton Castle is set to open its doors to the public to raise funds for the Mother Shipton’s Statue community project.

The Gerald Arthur Rolph Foundation will give two tours of the gothic revival building on April 24 with all proceeds going towards funds for the planned Mother Shipton statue for Knaresborough Market Place.

Fundraiser Terry Maude said: “It is an exciting opportunity to see the building and how it has been restored since the fire. I have seen it myself and was amazed at how well it has been restored. It is immaculate.”

Allerton Castle suffered massive damage in a devastating fire in 2005, and saw many of its historic rooms blackened by smoke.

A multi-million pound project to restore the building took eight years. The 70ft high glass-panelled roof on the Great Hall of the Grade I listed building was revealed in 2012, and the final piece of the £6.5 million project - the castle’s splendid dining room, which was almost completely destroyed by the flames - was reopened last year.

Allerton Castle was built by Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton in the mid-19th century, and is thought to be one of the most important Gothic revival stately homes in England.

The House in the Rock will also open its doors to raise funds for the statue. The ancient home will be open to the public for the first time since 2008 on May 3.

Tickets cost £15. See Art in the Mill or Hallieva Mexicana or call 01423 869 234.