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'Significant' Burton Constable stable gets lottery boost

Stable block at Burton Constable
Image caption The stable block at Burton Constable dates back to the 1770s

The restoration of a Grade I listed stable in East Yorkshire, containing the skeleton of a sperm whale, can go ahead due to a £417,800 Lottery grant.

The stable, in the grounds of Burton Constable, a 15th Century manor house at Skirlaugh, includes stalls, grooms' quarters and the stable master's room.

As a result of the grant, repairs can start on the stable later in 2012.

David Connell, of the Burton Constable Foundation, said the award was "a fantastic opportunity".

'National significance'

The cash injection meant the "renaissance" of Burton Constable Hall and its surrounding parkland could continue, said Mr Connell.

The derelict stable block consists of two buildings around two courtyards, one designed to stable riding and carriage horses, the other for farm horses.

It was built in about 1770, with a large indoor riding school added in the mid-19th Century.

A 58.5ft (17.8m) bull whale on display in the stable block was stranded at nearby Tunstall in 1825.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant meant existing historical features in the stable could be restored, as well as the creation of new volunteer facilities, community exhibitions and workshop spaces, said the HLF.

Fiona Spiers, head of the HLF in Yorkshire and the Humber, said the stable block was "of national significance".

"This project, once complete, will bring to life the important role that horses played in our social and economic history," she said.

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