Manchester

Heaton Hall transformation shown in pictures

Heaton Hall south front Image copyright Manchester City Council
Image caption Since 2012, repairs have been carried out at Heaton Hall in north Manchester

Pictures have been released of an 18th Century stately home ahead of its reopening following major works.

Heaton Hall in Manchester - designed by the renowned architect James Wyatt in the 1770s - has been on Historic England's "at risk" register, due to its deteriorating condition.

Since 2012, repairs have been carried out on the roof, windows and stonework.

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Image caption James Wyatt - also involved in restoring Windsor Castle - designed Heaton Hall in the 1770s

The Grade I-listed hall will be opened to the public every second Sunday of the month between April and September.

Wyatt was also involved in restoring Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral.

A spokesman from Manchester City Council said there was "huge public demand" for the hall to be used for weddings and other events.

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Image caption Lancashire aristocrat and MP Sir Thomas Egerton (later the Earl of Wilton) commissioned Wyatt

The total cost of the works has not been revealed but the council and Historic England have contributed at least £400,000 each.

The surrounding park has also been transformed following a £600,000 investment, with the money coming from a dividend to the council as co-owners of Manchester Airport Group.

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Image caption The park offers a view of Manchester from the north

Rosa Battle, executive member for culture and leisure at Manchester City Council, said: "We have a huge responsibility as guardians of Heaton Hall to make sure it is protected for Manchester people to enjoy for generations to come.

"Working on historic buildings presents huge challenges - both financially and in terms of quality - but the ongoing work has protected the building from further deterioration."

David Blood, chair of the Friends of Heaton Hall, said: "Slowly and surely the life and character is being brought back to this historic property."

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