Fire-ravaged castle’s restoration unveiled

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It was ravaged by a ferocious blaze eight years ago, but now a historic Knaresborough castle is celebrating a return to its former glory.

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

Now, nearly a decade later, an multimillion project to repair the damage has come to an end.

The 70ft high glass-panelled roof on the Great Hall of the Grade I listed building was revealed last year, and now the final piece of the £6.5 million project has been completed – the castle’s splendid Dining Room, which was almost completely destroyed by the flames.

The dining room has been carefully restored to its former splendour and will now host events including private partues, corporate events or conferences.

The revitalised room was unveiled at a special event at the castle last week.

Allerton Castle is the the private residence of the Rolph Foundation, the trustees of the Foundation hosted an evening of celebrations with the company behind the Castle’s wedding and event management, Dine.

Daniel Gill, Managing Director of Dine said:

“The restoration of the Castle has been a huge project for the Rolph Foundation but it is amazing to see it back to its former splendour.

“Allerton Castle is an extremely popular wedding and events venue given its idyllic location and the completion of the spacious Dining Room is a momentous occasion.”

The 2005 fire is thought to have been caused when flames from a chimney fire reached roof vaults over the north siade of the Victoria Gothic castle.

The castle’s state rooms, Venetian suite and servants’ wings were all destroyed by the flames, and the library and conservatory were both badly damaged.

Allerton Castle was built by Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton in the mid-nineteenth century, and is thought of as one of themost important Gothic revival stately home in England. It is open for to the public for guided tours from Easter Monday, April 1.