nation votes for Kinloch Castle
results from seventh programme revealed
from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones last night revealed the
nation had chosen Kinloch Castle on Rum to be the seventh building
to go through to the final of the BBC TWO series Restoration - winning
more than 38% of the of the viewers' votes.
Friday (29 August) the seventh programme of the ten-part series
featured the Scottish Highlands.
called on viewers to choose between Kinloch Castle and two other
buildings - Burra Croft on the Shetland Islands and a TB Sanatorium
on all three buildings is available through the website on www.bbc.co.uk/restoration.
million viewers watched this episode.
Castle was built as a summer palace on the Isle of Rum in 1897 and
was home to alligators as well as the multi-millionaire George Bullough.
was no object and Bullough made his fantasy castle as ostentatious
on the inside as it was on the outside.
is thought to be the finest surviving Edwardian interior in the
castle had every technological gadget imaginable including central
heating, hydro-electric power for his electric lighting and the
orchestrion - the Bang and Olufsen of its day.
gardens contained heated pools for Bullough's menagerie of alligators
and tropical turtles.
Last night's result means Kinloch Castle becomes one of ten buildings
to be featured in the live final at the Tower of London on Sunday
other Scottish building that has already got through to the final
is Mavisbank in Edinburgh.
vote will decide which building should be given a new lease of life
with money raised throughout the course of the series.
McLean, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager for Scotland, said of Kinloch
Castle: "This spectacular building is filled with what was
the height of luxury of its time and gives us an insight into the
development of things such as heating, electrics and telecommunications,
so we are delighted that it has reached the final.
Castle was in its prime during the golden age of lavish summer parties.
help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the voting public, it could
be restored for visitors to once more enjoy all it has to offer."
night three more buildings were featured for viewers to choose between
- all from the North East of England or Yorkshire.
were Ravensworth Castle in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear; Haperly POW
Camp in County Durham; and The Sham Castle and Glasshouse at Wentworth
Castle in Stainsborough, near Barnsley.
Friday's episode of Restoration (5 September) will reveal which
of these will become the eighth 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 Bethesda Chapel (29.08.03)
nation votes for Lissan House (27.08.03)
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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