The real Upstairs, Downstairs: Sewerby Hall gets £950k grant for restoration
A STATELY home has secured a major grant to give visitors an insight into life "Upstairs, Downstairs".
A £949,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help fund the £2.6 million restoration of Sewerby Hall and Gardens.
East Riding Council aims to transform the interiors of the grade one listed building, north of Bridlington, in a 30-month project.
Once the hall has been restored to its former glory, visitors will be able to step back in time and experience the house as it was more than 100 years ago.
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Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: "For years, people have said Sewerby Hall is the jewel in East Riding's crown, but the quality of the architecture and parkland has been let down by the poorly presented interiors and patchy educational provision.
"Working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and local volunteers, we intend to put that right and make Sewerby a fascinating, stimulating and informative day out for schools, residents and tourists."
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said the hall is nationally significant as a fine example of a Queen Anne/early Georgian country house.
She said: "This project will enable visitors and locals of all ages to directly experience what life at an English country house was like at the turn of the century.
"We are delighted to be able to make the award so this wonderful heritage can be enjoyed by current and future generations."
When it is restored, visitors to the hall will be able to dress as Edwardian servants or members of "the family" and experience the house as it was in its heyday.
They will be able to talk to costumed interpreters, try their hand at Edwardian cooking, listen to historical piano recitals and play with Edwardian toys in the nursery.
At the end of year one, there will be a new visitor orientation area, classroom for school groups and estate office.
The restored old laundry block will become the centre of a visitor hub, which will include the Clock Tower Tea Rooms and new toilets.
A new education programme for school and adult groups will also be launched.
East Riding Council is committing £1.6 million towards the project, which is a key milestone in its master plan for the estate.
Since 1934, Sewerby Hall has been owned by various councils and enjoyed by generations of residents and holiday makers.
Between 1714 and 1936, Sewerby Hall was owned by the Greame family.
The family of merchants, military men, clergy and politicians left behind a beautiful legacy of a fine country house and 50 acres of inspiring gardens and parkland on a cliff top, with extensive sea views over Bridlington Bay.