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£2m conservation project in Boston unveiled by Heritage Lincolnshire

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

  • NEW LOOK: People have been arriving to take a look at the newly renovated Grade II listed building.

  • NEW UNITS: Business units at the rear of 116 High Street are a new and welcome addition to the building's grounds.

  • GRAND ENTRANCE: The renovated stairs at the front of the building.

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THE RESULTS of a £2m restoration project have been unveiled to visitors in Boston.

Heritage Lincolnshire opened its building conservation project at 116 High Street, Boston, to the public.

Historic building manager Laura Hodson said: "Hundreds of people have visited the building and all felt it has been restored well and were glad to see it open.

"After the building being on the at-risk register it's great to see it open and it's a positive thing for Boston in terms of restoration."

The Grade II listed building had been left unloved and neglected for more than 25 years and was in a derelict state when Heritage Lincolnshire rescued it in 2008.

More than £2m was raised to fund the repair of the Georgian townhouse, once the home of the Garfitt family, who established the first private bank in Lincolnshire here in 1754.

Laura added: "It's really exciting to be able to get into rooms that have been inaccessible for so long. We hope that people will come along to learn more about the building's fascinating history and discover what has happened under the scaffolding that covered the building from May 2011."

Heritage Lincolnshire has urged visitors to celebrate the recent restoration of the building. Many 18th century features survive, including high quality panelling, large sash windows with internal shutters, reed plaster and original timbers.

Funding for the project was received from English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Lincolnshire County Council, Architectural Heritage Fund, John P Getty Jnr Trust and The Pilgrim Trust

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