Northampton

Delapre Abbey granted £400,000 for urgent repairs

Delapre Abbey's main entrance
Image caption An abbey has existing on the site since 1145

A £400,000 grant is to be spent on urgent repairs at a historic building in Northampton.

The work at Delapre Abbey will include roof improvements to prevent leaks, which have damaged the inside of the 850-year-old landmark.

The building's north wing is to be structurally repaired, with the work due to start in the late summer.

English Heritage and Northampton Borough Council are each contributing £200,000 to the project.

Council leader David Macintosh said: "The restoration of Delapre Abbey is something we all want to see.

"The abbey is an important part of our town's future and a link to our rich heritage."

Anthony Streeten, English Heritage's planning and conservation director for East Midlands, said: "The abbey has been on our Heritage at Risk register for many years and we hope these repairs will help get this important building's future secured."

The outcome of a £3.6m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the main abbey building, its 18th Century stable block and 19th Century stable yard should be announced in the summer.

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