Progress continues to be made on a £2.6 million project to restore the interiors of Sewerby Hall to how they would have looked during the country house’s heyday of 1900.
2014 is a very special year for Sewerby Hall and Gardens and will see the house celebrate its 300th birthday. In its three centuries, the house has evolved from a small Georgian villa into a resplendent country house with unrivalled sea views.
When the house reopens it will be furnished with specially selected pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum and boast a working service wing complete with a kitchen range. The work undertaken by the Council’s contractor, William Birch & Sons of York, began last September.
During a recent site visit, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, were escorted on a tour of the house to view the works. They were also shown round areas completed in phase one, including a new retail outlet called The Stables, the new Welcome Centre and estate office and education rooms.
Councillor Parnaby congratulated William Birch & Sons on the work so far and believes that the investment made by the Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £1 million will secure Sewerby’s reputation as ‘the jewel in the East Riding’s crown’.
He said: “The contractor has a track record of historical restoration work and did a first-class job on the first phase of the scheme.
“Thanks to prudential financial management, the council is able to invest in its assets and the money being spent on Sewerby reflects its importance as a tourist attraction and heritage asset to residents and visitors alike.”
Paul Goyea, managing director of William Birch & Sons, said: “We have been working with the project team for over 12 months now at Sewerby Hall and have gained a real appreciation of the importance of the Estate to the region, William Birch & Sons has been restoring and refurbishing buildings since 1874 and in the year Sewerby Hall celebrates its 300th Birthday we celebrate our 140th year of being in business, whilst we have some catching up to do to reach 300 years it is fair to say that we are both very proud of the achievements to date at the Estate and we look forward to unveiling this next phase of the project later this year to mark the occasion.”
For further information about Sewerby Hall and Gardens, visit www.sewerbyhall.co.uk
Sewerby Hall Restoration - Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Darren Stevens, head of culture and information, Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, Simon Potter, construction manager William Birch & Sons, Gail Cahill, Sewerby Hall project manager, and Simon Button, principal architect.