Middleton Hall Trust
Our Visitor Experience Coordinator, Amy, is running Nottingham's half-marathon in September to raise money for the restoration of our Tudor Barn.
The Tudor Barn was built in 1603 and was used for residential and work purposes for centuries. In 1966, the Middleton Hall estate was sold by the owners to Amey Roadstone Corporation who used the land for gravel extraction and left the Hall to go derelict. The main Hall and some of the out buildings have been restored, but our beautiful Tudor Barn needs investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies for it to be transformed into a visitor centre.
We recently applied for HLF funding but we were not successful the first time around. HLF wanted to see us proactively fundraising independently to evidence our commitment to and passion for the restoration project. This is known as 'match-funding.' Amy's set herself a target of raising £1000, which is a relatively small amount compared to the near £2 million it will take to restore the barn. However, the money raised will be a huge step towards seeing our beautiful Tudor Barn restored to its former glory.
Middleton Hall Trust was founded in 1980 by a group of volunteers. We are a registered charity committed to restoring, preserving and developing Middleton Hall as a heritage site. We receive no funding from other bodies and are reliant on funds raised from our open days and private hire. The Trust was founded by volunteers and we still depend on volunteers today (we have over 60 of them and they are amazing!)
The Hall was a lived-in family home up until 1966 and had survived the wave of demolitions that struck many old manor houses during the 20th century. When the estate was bought by Amey Roadstone Corporation in 1966, the company were only interested in using the land for gravel extraction and left the house and grounds to go derelict.
In 1977, a group of ramblers stumbled across the Hall and were saddened that such an incredible place had been left to ruin. They approached North Warwickshire Borough Council asking for financial help to restore the house, but they refused claiming it was too expensive to restore. Undeterred, the volunteers founded Middleton Hall Trust in 1980, restoring the buildings and raising funds to give us what we have today.
Charity No: 1101315
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