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£2m restoration of historic 18th century building in Boston to be revealed

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

Georgian townhouse

RESTORATION RESULTS: The Georgian townhouse at 116 High Street will be open to the public this weekend.

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THE RESULTS of a £2m restoration project will be revealed this weekend when an historic 18th Century Boston building goes on show to the public.

Heritage Lincolnshire is opening the doors at the Trust's latest building conservation project at 116 High Street, Boston.

This Grade II* listed building had been left unloved and neglected for over 25 years and was in a derelict state when Heritage Lincolnshire came to its rescue in 2008.

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

Heritage Lincolnshire welcomes 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.

Now is the time to come and explore this fascinating historic building with Historic Building Manager Laura Hodson.

Laura said: "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 buildings fascinating history and discover what has happened under the scaffolding that covered the building from May 2011."

The building will be open between 10am and 2pm on September 7 and 8.

Funding for the project has been 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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