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Recreating a palace fit for a King

The National Trust has run up some big bills while looking after Henry the Eighth's former hunting lodge in Kent. But now it's getting some much-needed help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The medival palace is among the sites chosen to share £47 million worth of funding to help with the delicate procedure of preserving the historic site. Luke Hanrahan reports.

Heritage cash awarded to boost tourism

Carole Souter, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said that the cash would also help promote tourism:

"We know that heritage is a huge draw for visitors from home and abroad.

"More than a quarter of all UK holiday activities undertaken by UK residents now involve heritage.

"These projects all offer the public the chance to explore and enjoy our rich and complex history."

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Funding boost for Knole House

Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent, is to receive £7.75m for repairs and conservation from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Knole House used to be a hunting lodge for Henry VIII. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The funding will also go towards the construction of new visitor facilities at the 15th century medieval palace, a former hunting lodge to Henry VIII.

The National Trust said that since acquiring Knole in 1946, it had faced expensive running battles with rain, damp, mould and insects, but the funding meant the future of the mansion and its treasures were now secure.

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