Witham Hall revamp project approved

The Witham Hall
Image caption Witham Hall dates back to 1846

A project to restore a Grade II listed building in a County Durham town has been approved.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £336,000 will be used for the two-year-project at Witham Hall, Barnard Castle.

Durham County Council has given planning permission for it to be restored and become a heritage centre.

Witham Hall opened in 1846 as a memorial to philanthropist, landowner and geologist Henry Witham and was first used as a dispensary.

It is currently used as meeting rooms and for archives.

As part of the plans, the building will also be extended and refurbished to include new council offices.

Deborah Jenkins, chairwoman of Barnard Castle Vision, said: "We are all delighted that the proposals have been approved.

"The buildings are an important part of our local heritage and this work will help to enhance and preserve them - including many of their original features - for generations to come."

Barnard Castle Vision and the Witham Trustees are leading the project.

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