nation votes for Lissan House
results from fifth programme revealed
from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones last night (Tuesday 26
August) revealed the nation had chosen Lissan House in Cookstown,
Northern Ireland to be the fifth building to go through to the final
of the BBC TWO series Restoration.
Friday the fifth programme of the ten-part series featured Northern
called on viewers to choose between Lissan House and two other buildings
- Herdmans Mill in Sion Mills and Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre.
on all three buildings is available through the website on www.bbc.co.uk/restoration.
in 1620, Lissan is an Irish country house unchanged for decades
but now fading fast.
current owner, Hazel Radclyffe Dolling, is the granddaughter of
the eccentric artist known as The Barefoot Baronette.
is last in the line of a 400-year occupancy of the Staple family
from Lissan and, so determined is she to save Lissan for future
generations, she has already transferred part of her home to a charitable
trust is integrally involved in the future of the house with plans
to turn it into a centre for developing artists.
Last night's result means Lissan House will now become one of ten
buildings to be featured in the live final at the Tower of London
on Sunday 14 September.
vote will decide which building should be given a new lease of life
with money raised throughout the course of the series.
Baird, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager for Northern Ireland, said:
"We are delighted that Lissan House has reached the final.
impressive building has been occupied by the generations of one
family for almost 400 years and offers a wealth of history.
help from the voting public and the Heritage Lottery Fund's £3
million pledge, there is a chance now to restore and open up the
house for all to share and enjoy."
night three more buildings, from the Midlands, were featured for
viewers to choose between - Cromford Mill in Derbyshire; Bethesda
Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent; and the Newman Brothers Coffin Works in
Friday's episode of Restoration (29 August) will reveal which of
these will become the sixth building to go through to the final.
are now open and viewers can vote by calling 0901 077 77 77.
is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland and currently
transmits on BBC TWO on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm.
voting lines are open for three days for each programme from 2.00am
on the day prior to transmission until midnight on the day after.
nation votes for Poltimore House (22.08.03)
nation votes for Mavisbank (20.08.03)
Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration (19.08.03)
nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)
nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)
required across the UK (08.08.03)
- press pack (18.07.03)
- saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)
TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)
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