From 24 Hour Museum:
Astley Castle in Warwickshire is one step closer to being saved by building preservation charity the Landmark Trust following news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given a pledge of support for a grant of £1.47million.
Often laying claim to the title ‘the home of three Queens of England’ the castle has lain derelict since it was devastated by fire in 1978 and was cited by English Heritage as one of the 16 highest priority buildings at risk in England.
The medieval seat of the Astleys, the castle was later owned by the Grey family, of which Lady Jane Grey was a member.
Costing a total of £2.2 million the Landmark Trust is developing a fundraising campaign to secure the remaining funds. English Heritage have confirmed a grant this week towards emergency stabilisation work which will be started later this year to stop the building deteriorating further.
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