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Posted on - 15th March 2017
Countryfile Live Oxfordshire

Knole House gets £20m National Trust revamp!

 

The BBC has reported that the future of hundreds of historical objects has been secured as part of a £20m restoration by the National Trust for Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent, which was taken over by the charity in 1946 and has battled costly decay problems.


Extensive repairs, part-funded by the National Lottery, have now been carried out in what the Trust described as its largest conservation project to date. Specialists will also work on precious paintings and furniture in front of visitors in a newly created studio.


Originally an archbishop’s palace, the house passed through royal hands to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today. Inside the showrooms, art lovers will find Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck to admire. Textiles enthusiasts can marvel at the seventeenth century tapestries and furniture that make the collection internationally significant. Moorcroft Club members attended an event at Knole last October, at which Moorcroft designer, Vicky Lovatt’s Sackville Leopards, Wildflower Window and Knole designs were launched.  All visit elements of the unusual architecture and sheer beauty of the surrounding grounds, complete with Medieval deer herd. Extra good news is that for each piece sold, a royalty from the sale will be donated to the National Trust to support their essential conservation work.

 

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