Herefordshire and Worcestershire heritage project wins lottery grant

A three-and-a-half-year heritage project has been launched to trace the origins of ancient buildings in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The project, called A Thousand Years of Building with Stone, will investigate a range of historic structures, including castles, bridges and local churches.

The team hopes to be able to match stone used in buildings with forgotten quarries in the two counties.

It has been funded by a £400,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, which is running the project, said the money would be partly used for research and to train volunteers.

Its findings are expected to be published online and on mobile phone applications.

The trust said the project would also produce detailed information that could help to protect both historic buildings and the natural environment.

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