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Epsom owner of The Durdans stables in line for award

The Durdans
Image caption Restoration work included re-roofing the building in Cornish slate

A Surrey businessman who has restored a 19th Century riding school has been nominated for an English Heritage Angel Award.

Philip Buckman bought The Durdans Stables in Epsom in 2010 and restored the building with backing from English Heritage.

The work included re-roofing the Grade II* listed building in Cornish slate.

It is thought to be one of two historic indoor riding buildings left intact in England.

The Durdans was built for Lord Rosebery when he was the MP for Epsom at the end of the 19th Century.

The site includes the riding school, built in the style of the arts and crafts movement, and a racing stables complex.

Mr Buckman has been nominated for the award by Epsom Council.

Dr Andy Brown from English Heritage, which contributed half the cost of the re-roofing cost with a grant of £85,000, said the whole restoration had kept the riding school in equestrian use and the building was no longer at risk.

The Angel Awards recognise people who have rescued a historic building, place, or landmark at risk.

The scheme was set up to reward the efforts of local people in saving their heritage.

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