Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Historic Makeover for Village Green; Environment Today

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Historic Makeover for Village Green; Environment Today

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A RESTORATION scheme is to go ahead for historic buildings surrounding a village green.

Clustering around the 12th Century village green in Cornforth, County Durham, is a mix of mid 19th Century rows of cottages, Victorian homes, the listed Holy Trinity Church, and a former farmhouse as well as the Square and Compass pub.

With tight, narrow lanes giving access to the spacious green, the historic environment is part of Cornforth Conservation Area. Now a partnership scheme has secured funding of just over pounds 300,000, including an initial grant of pounds 20,000 from English Heritage with a further pounds 61,000 possible over the next two years, to assist with the restoration of the historic buildings and enhancement of public spaces.

The project has the backing of Durham County Council, Sedgefield Council, Cornforth Parish Council and the owners of homes and businesses around the green.

The scheme will offer grants of up to 70% to owners of historic properties to help restore traditional features such as roof and joinery work as well as reinstate timber sash windows, panelled doors and external walls. …

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