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Full report: Moat Brae House restoration

Work has begun on a £4.5 million project to create a national centre for children's literature, inspired by Peter Pan, in south-west Scotland.

It is the first phase of restoration and repair on Moat Brae House in Dumfries where author J.M. Barrie played as a child and which inspired him to pen his tale of the boy who refused to grow up.

Kim Inglis has the full report:

J.M Barrie house restoration underway

Work has begun on restoring the historic grade 'B' listed Moat Brae House in Dumfries.

The author of 'Peter Pan', J.M Barrie, was said to be inspired to write the story after playing in the gardens of the house.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust has appointed Langholm based building contractors to carry out 'phase A' of the work, which is due to last nine months.

A new roof, external wall repairs, and the replacement of and replace defective walls, floors and ceilings are just some of the plans.

The restoration work is scheduled to cost around £0.75m and is being funded by grants from Historic Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation, William Grant and Sons and a number of other family trusts and private donations.

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