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Race to find cash to restore John Fowles' former house
THE RACE is on to find the cash to enable vital restoration work to start at one of West Dorset’s landmark historic buildings.
The fundraising appeal to save Belmont, former home of writer John Fowles and Coade Stone inventor Eleanor Coade, has received a huge boost with a donation of £500,000.
As a result, The Landmark Trust now hopes to start restoration work this autumn but must first find another half million pounds to meet the target of almost £1.3 million.
If restoration work is not started in October it may have to be delayed for another year as there are only a few months each year when the roof can be taken off so that there is minimal disturbance to the colony of bats living there.
Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust said, “This grant is a tremendous boost to our appeal and I thank everyone who has helped us already.”
“We dearly want to start work this autumn to ensure the fragile fabric of the building does not have to endure another winter but still need to raise a significant amount of money. Please help us to make this happen and bring this important part of Lyme Regis’ heritage back to life.”
Belmont, in Pound Street, was the seaside villa of Eleanor Coade, the 18th century inventor of Coade stone.
For further information on the campaign or to make an online donation visit landmarktrust.org. uk/support-us/projects-and-appeals/belmont
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