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Moggerhanger Park

Moggerhanger Park reparation

There has been a house on the site since the 15th century. Originally called 'Almonds Farm' and later 'Morhanger Lodge' or 'Muggerhanger Lodge', the early building consisted of a double fronted villa about the size of a mid-eighteenth century vicarage.

From 1777 to 1857 Moggerhanger was owned by the Thornton family and in 1784 described as: 'A neat convenient Dwelling-House, fitted up in a genteel stile, provided with useful Offices, Coach houses and Stabling, Shrubbery, and Kitchen Garden, on a delightful Eminence, commanding rich views for a vast Extent.

 

The first phase of restoration work involved the replacement of the roof, which had badly leaked with consequent damage to the internal fabric of the building. At about this time, the Trust obtained a £1.2 million grant from the Landfill Tax in order to buy back the walled gardens and woods, which formed part of the original estate, and in 1998, they obtained a £3.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the house and grounds. This grant enabled the next phase of work to begin: the re-rendering of the external walls and this was completed in 2000.The final - and most complicated phase in the House restoration - started in August 2002. This work saw the restoration of the interior of the building, and grew in complexity (and cost!) as it developed, mainly due to the fact that a number of fascinating historical discoveries were made during the restoration work. The house finally opened to the public in May 2005.

 

Tasks include:

·         Putting up rabbit fencing in various parts of the park to protect plants from rabbit damage.

·         Soil preparation in the Filbert Walk border and then covering with matting.

·         General strimming and clearing of overgrown areas.

·         Potential sensory garden to be built in walled garden.

·         Path building and regeneration.

·         Assisting with inputting drainage systems around the site

·         putting together and replacing benches around the site

 

ECM Outcomes: Enjoy & achieve, Making a positive contribution, and being healthy, Staying safe.

 

 

 

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