Archeologist is set to tackle Rectory ruins

AN archaeologist is to be hired as part of conservation work at Thornhill’s Rectory Park, thanks to a £46,800 lottery grant.

The ‘Time Team’style project will see overgrown shrubbery on an island removed and stonework at the ruined Thornhill Hall repaired.

The archaeologist will help record the location of former buildings and produce leaflets and other materials for local history events.

School pupils will be involved to help them learn about the site while permanent displays are also be made and put up near the hall’s ruins.

Work starts over the summer and it will be run by the Friends of Rectory Park group and Kirklees Council, which secured the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Friends group chairman Wade Hyde said: “We are privileged to be involved with this project to raise the historic profile of Thornhill Hall.

“We look forward to working with schools, volunteers and other interested organisations to restore the condition of the island and remaining stonework.”

Thornhill Hall, built around 1450, was the seat of the Savile family and the site of a English Civil War battle in 1648.

The ruins, which have been overgrown for years, are Grade II listed and classed as “at risk” by English Heritage.

The friends group has been campaigning to get the area, which features a moat, an ancient monument and a 17thcentury bowling green, restored.

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire, said: “This is a fantastic project that will allow people learn about Thornhill Hall’s history.

“We’re committed to funding projects that allow every community to take pride in and learn about their local heritage.”

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