Planning for the Future

Cowdray Heritage Trust secures National Lottery support.

We are delighted to announce that the Cowdray Heritage Trust has received a grant of £45,200 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund; a critical first step in securing the future of the Cowdray Ruins set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Due to the need for urgent repair works the magnificent ruins, both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed building, had to limit access to visitors. The Cowdray Ruins, set on the edge of the historic town of Midhurst, are an evocative reminder of one of the country’s most important Tudor houses with historical, social and political significance – having hosted visits by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the Trust to carry out an options and feasibility study to secure the long term planning for the future of the site. Fundamental to the project will be innovative engagement and consultation activities with local audiences to help shape our ideas and ensure everyone can play their part in local placemaking.

Commenting on the award, Sally Guile (Operations Manager) said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will be the start of an exciting journey to once again reopen, reimagine and share stories of the nationally important Cowdray Ruins.”

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