An historic house in Brentford has received a mammoth grant from the National Lottery fund to help restore the building back to its former glory.
Boston Manor House owned by Hounslow council has been awarded £204,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will be used for the development plans for the multi-million pound restoration project.
The Grade I listed 17th century manor house which was badly damaged during World War II and has been used as a school in the past, is now a public park and the council is keen on providing more public access to the grounds.
Councillor Ed Mayne, cabinet member for public health and leisure at Hounslow council, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this grant in what is a very competitive field open to heritage schemes across the country.
“This is the first stage in a total scheme worth £5m and we look forward to taking plans back to the Heritage Lottery Fund after this development phase.”
Built in 1623, the house underwent major restoration works in the 1960s and was re-opened in 1963 by The Queen Mother as a visitors centre and museum.
Stuart Hobley, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, added: “Boston Manor provides a unique insight into the architectural and social history of the area, but that heritage is at risk and urgent conservation is needed.
“Thanks to the National Lottery, we’re pleased to support this project which will secure the future of the building, create educational opportunities for all ages and open up the Manor and its story for more people to benefit from. We look forward to seeing the plans develop.”
Hounslow council has said an application will be made at a later date for a full grant of £3.7m, and other grants and a council contribution will make up the rest of the money needed for the project.
In other Brentford news, last week councillors approved controversial plans for a multi-million-pound marina in Brentford .