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York Mansion House restoration gets £1m lottery funding boost

Mansion House York Image copyright Rept0n1x
Image caption The building has been the official home of the Lord Mayor of York for almost 300 years

A "nationally significant" Georgian townhouse is to undergo a major restoration after the project secured more than £1m in lottery funding.

The Mansion House, in York, is the official home of the city's Lord Mayor and was built in 1732.

Funding of £1,198,700 will be used to restore the building's original kitchens and allow opening hours to be extended.

The City of York Council is investing a further £736,000 in the project.

Deputy leader Tracey Simpson-Laing said the funding would bring about the "most comprehensive restoration" of the property since it was built.

It will also involve improve access to the building and the civic collection of gold and silver.

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Image caption The building is still used to entertain distinguished visitors to York

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and The Humber, said: "The Mansion House is a building of national significance and this restoration will reveal its true Georgian splendour to visitors."

The property is still used for major civic events, and hosted a lunch for The Queen after she distributed Maundy Money in the city in 2012.

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