First phase of Sewerby Hall restoration scheme completed

Sewerby Hall
Image caption A £2.6m programme of restoration at Sewerby Hall is expected to be completed by summer 2014

The first phase of a £2.6m project to restore a grade I listed stately home in East Yorkshire has been completed.

A new estate office, orientation room, classrooms and a shop have been built at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Work to return the interior of the hall in Bridlington to the way it looked in 1900 is set to begin next month.

The restoration work has been funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which contributed £1.6m, and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which gave nearly £1m.

Council leader Stephen Parnaby said: "Sewerby has long been described as the jewel in the East Riding's crown and we are very impressed with the work carried out by the contractor on phase one.

"With these works now complete, the council will look to press on with phase two that will see the interiors of the Grade 1 Listed building restored to how they would have looked in the year 1900."

Work on the project has been undertaken by York-based contractor William Birch & Sons.

The second phase of the project is expected to be completed by summer 2014.

Sewerby Hall will close for the season on 1 September.

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