Bid for lottery funds to restore historic abbey

Detailed plans have been unveiled for a £3.6 million project to restore parts of Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire. Photo: Northampton Borough Council

Detailed plans have been unveiled for a £3.6 million project to restore parts of Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire. The aim is to bring into wider public use.

Northampton Borough Council will submit the plans to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a second round bid for around £3.6 million that would help preserve Delapre Abbey for future generations.

In October last year, the Borough Council was awarded more than £250,000 of development funding, which was spent on the preparation of the plans that are made public for the first time on Tuesday.

These plans would see parts of the main Abbey building restored for use as spaces for functions and public events.

The 18th century stable block and 19th century stable yard would be transformed into lively and exciting areas to attract visitors and raise revenue to support the future sustainability of Delapre Abbey.

  • Main House: The lower ground floor and south wing would be refurbished and opened for tours and events. The conservatory could be rebuilt. The first floor of the South Wing could be opened for functions such as conferences and training.
  • 18th century stable block: This would be restored and a new reception area, shop, classroom and exhibition space would be created there.
  • 19th century stable block: This would be restored and units or spaces created for use by small, niche retail and other businesses.
Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire

"This is an exciting moment, with an amazing opportunity to win further funding and kick start the restoration of Delapre Abbey. We want to bring that building back into the daily life of the town and to put it on the map as a regional attraction."

– Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council

The Borough Council should find out whether or not the bid has been successful later in the year.