The Mary Roxburghe Trust is delighted to announce news of a £50,000 grant from the Country Houses Foundation. The grant has been made towards the restoration of the Grade II listed Stable Block and Clocktower, dating from the 18thcentury and now in urgent need of repair. Once restored, the Stable Block will be open to the public for the teaching of visual arts and crafts.
Peter Pearce, Director of the Mary Roxburghe Trust, said:
“Our sincere thanks to the Country Houses Foundation for this generous grant, which provides a wonderful boost to our campaign to rescue and restore West Horsley Place so that it can be enjoyed by the public. Whether as a student learning a new craft or as a visitor to the house or garden, our vision is that West Horsley Place will be reborn as a place for everyone to enjoy. There is a great history to be discovered, and a new role for this grand old house to play in its community. We are greatly encouraged by the show of support and public interest in the rescue and restoration of West Horsley Place. We received over 700 visitors over the Heritage Open Days weekend, and this would not have been possible without the support of our growing team of brilliant volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Country Houses Foundation and all our supporters who share our vision for West Horsley Place.”
Norman Hudson, Chairman of the Country Houses Foundation, said:
“This grant is an example of our helping fill an important funding gap for the survival of Britain’s built heritage”.