Cornwall

Cornwall's Old Duchy Palace restoration project complete

The Old Duchy Palace
Image caption The palace was built in 1292, reputedly as a replica of the Great Hall of Westminster, a spokesman from The Prince's Regeneration Trust said
Basement before the restoration
Image caption Before the restoration work the basement was covered in "modern paint", which has since been removed, a spokesman from the trust said
The permanent heritage exhibition
Image caption The basement will hold a permanent heritage exhibition about the palace and its restoration
Completed restoration work in the palace
Image caption Most of the building will be used as a retail and business space, the trust has said

The restoration of one of Cornwall's oldest buildings has been completed.

The £1m project to preserve the Old Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel has taken four years to complete, The Prince's Regeneration Trust said.

The palace was built in 1292, reputedly as a replica of the Great Hall of Westminster, a trust spokesman added.

It will be used as a retail and business space, but will also include a permanent heritage exhibition about the palace and its restoration.

The display will be present in the basement, where work has included laying a new slate floor, removing modern paint and conserving the historic plaster and stonework, the trust spokesman added.

The work has been carried out jointly by the Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust and The Prince's Regeneration Trust, who acquired the property in 2009.

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