Allerton Castle given funding to restore derelict chapel.

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 has been granted £10,000 towards the £250,000 cost of essential repairs to it’s 17th century chapel by Harrogate Borough Council.

The grade II listed Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.

English Heritage have previously donated £114,000 to the project and the Country Houses Foundation have granted £21,500 with the remaining costs to be met by the Gerald Arthur Rolph Foundation.

John Cook, manager at Allerton Castle said: “We are really pleased to have the funding, the money from the council was a welcome surprise as we weren’t sure that we would get it.”

The Gerald Arthur Rolph Foundation hopes to use the chapel as an educational unit once it is in a stable condition.

Mr Cook said: “We have been in contact with local schools and we would love to welcome them to Allerton Castle on class trips.

“The Victorian gothic style of the building is quite rare and there is so much history, including wartime history, that the children could learn about.”

Just over £6,700 was taken from the Nidderdale Built Environment Initiative in order for the funds to be granted.

Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for planning, transport and economic development, Coun Alan Skidmore said: “This is an important building in terms of the district’s heritage and I am pleased that we have been able to offer this support to the foundation trust.”

The Gerald Arthur Rolph Foundation Trust spent £6.5million restoring the main house after it was damaged by fire in 2005.

Mr Cook said: “The chapel has always had to be put on the back burner while we carried out the repairs to the main house.

“The chapel is derelict. The funds have come at just the right time, the building would end up beyond repair if it was left any longer.”

Allerton Castle dates back to the 16th century and was used as the backdrop to the film The Secret Garden. The castle is open to the public on guided tours on Wednesdays.