Leeds & West Yorkshire

Work starts on £100k Sandal Castle conservation

Sandal Castle
Image caption Sandal Castle was first built in the 12th Century by the De Warenne family during the reign of Henry I

Work is starting on a £100,000 conservation project at a castle in West Yorkshire.

The 12th Century Sandal Castle is best known for its involvement in the Battle of Wakefield, one of the major battles of the Wars of the Roses.

The city council said its condition had deteriorated recently due to natural erosion and some deliberate vandalism.

The money is being spent on urgent work to the Great Hall plus new pathways, steps and signage.

It has been awarded by the George Hyde legacy, which is managed by English Heritage, and not-for-profit company Wren.

Councillor David Dagger, cabinet member for heritage, said: "We want to address immediate conservation issues with the Great Hall and inner and outer moats.

"The condition of the castle has deteriorated in recent years through a combination of natural erosion, misuse by a small number of visitors, and deliberate vandalism.

"We are keen to arrest this deterioration, and to promote the tourist and interpretative potential of the site to local, regional and national audiences.

"I am confident that this exciting project will result in significant improvements to one of the district's finest historical sites. Having steps into each of the moats will open up the site and make it much more accessible to visitors."

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