Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Castle to Close for PS3m Work to Protect Building

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Castle to Close for PS3m Work to Protect Building

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor @Hendrover

ONE of the most scenic visitor attractions in Northumberland is to close for 18 months for major restoration work.

The closure of the National Trust's Lindisfarne Castle from November 1 to April 2018 will allow for conservation and protective work costing PS3m to take place.

The project is necessary because of the impact over the years of the elements on the 16th Century castle in its exposed sea-facing location.

The Grade-I listed building attracted 93,000 visitors last year.

The extensive works will focus on tackling penetrating damp, water ingress and restoring stonework, pointing and windows.

The castle was built in the 1550s using stone from the demolished Lindisfarne Priory.

Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life magazine, bought and the castle and in 1902 hired architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to refurbish the building.

As part of that project, what had been the castle's vegetable plot was transformed into a flower garden by famous designer Gertrude Jekyll.

Visitors will still be able to enjoy the garden and the 19th Century lime kilns near the castle, while a visitor shop will also remain open.

Nick Lewis, house steward of Lindisfarne Castle, said: "The spectacular location of Lindisfarne Castle is part of what makes this place special but it also means it has been ravaged by wind, rain and tides for hundreds of years.

"Investing in this conservation work will mean we can secure the future of this important building and ensure its survival.

"While it is a very difficult decision to have to close the castle, it is essential in order to complete these works safely and as quickly as possible within the tight spaces of this historic site.

"It is a major attraction on Holy Island and we don't know what the impact of closure will be, but we have given local businesses good notice. …

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