Radcliffe gets lottery funding to transform centre into historical tourism attraction (From Bury Times)
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Radcliffe gets lottery funding to transform centre into historical tourism attraction
PLANS to transform the historic centre of Radcliffe into a tourist attraction are now in motion after funding for the project was confirmed.
The Heritage Lottery Fund will contribute £267,000 towards the project, which will aim to increase interest in Radcliffe Tower in Close Park and boost visitor numbers.
The total value of the work is £461,000, and the rest of the funding will be provided through volunteer time, other funding grants and Bury Council.
Work is set to begin in late summer or early autumn, and will include strengthening works to the tower, new on-site information boards and a website and phone app to tell the story of the area off Sandford Street.
An excavation in the style of TV show ‘Time Team’ will be held, involving various studies of the tower as well as St Mary’s Church.
Other work set to take place includes removing plants, moss and graffiti from the area, landscaping and fencing of the area to prevent further vandalism.
From September there will be opportunities for Radcliffe residents to have their say on the developments, with opportunities to attend workshops and training sessions.
Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “The medieval core of Radcliffe has hidden clues as to the way our ancestors lived and how the community around here developed into what it is today.
“By delving into this history, volunteers will not only expand their knowledge and learn lots of new skills, but it will also provide a unique record of the area for others to learn, enjoy and be inspired by.”
Radcliffe Tower is a Grade I listed building, and is the only surviving part of a medieval manor house built alongside Radcliffe Parish Church and tithebarn.
Local schools and colleges as well as volunteers and archaeologists from Salford University will be involved in the project to explore its history.
Cllr Jane Lewis, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “This is excellent news for Radcliffe. This work will boost the facilities and attractions on offer at Close Park, and will give the people of Radcliffe a great opportunity to get together and enjoy researching and enhancing the area’s history and character.”
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