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Restoration work on Boston Castle in Rotherham starts

Boston Castle in Rotherham
Image caption Work has started on the £1.2m scheme

Work on a £1.2 million scheme to refurbish a former hunting lodge in South Yorkshire has started.

The work on Boston Castle in Rotherham will see the creation of a new entrance foyer allowing access to the different levels of the castle.

Funding for the project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rotherham Borough Council.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Shaun Wright, said: "Boston Castle will become a centre for local heritage."

The work will also see the castle's battlements re-instated using original salvaged stone and windows repaired with 18th Century designs.

Mr Wright added: "I know how important Boston Castle is to the people of Rotherham, I am looking forward to the day when visitors will be able to explore the history of the castle and its surroundings."

The original £1.7m scheme was put on hold by Labour-controlled Rotherham council last year to allow it to be revised amid government funding cuts.

The castle, which stands in the grounds of Boston Park, is a former shooting lodge owned by Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham and built in 1775.

The restoration is due to be completed by the summer of 2012.

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