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Oldway Mansion: Can one of the West Country's most flamboyant buildings be saved?

The building of the Oldway Mansion finished around 1875. Credit: ITV News West Country

A new "rescue plan" has been submitted in a bid to save one of the West Country's most iconic buildings - Oldway Mansion in Paignton.

The stunning building is at risk of falling into disrepair following years of neglect.

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The old building has hidden treasures on the inside too. Credit: ITV News West Country

Torbay Council hopes to secure up to £15 million worth of funding to restore the building and surrounding gardens.

It hopes to create a trust that can be run by the South Devon community to maintain the Oldway Mansion.

The gardens on the site require maintenance and upkeep too. Credit: ITV News West Country

Councillor Darren Cowell told ITV News the aim is to get the building open and restored.

The clear thing is is to get the building open, to get it restored and to get lottery funding so we can invest and maintain the building for a longterm sustainable future. There's so many opportunities for here, it's not just about the mansion but it's about the gardens that need a lot of tender love and care.

– Cllr Darren Cowell, Leader of Torbay Council
The founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company bought the land and original building. Credit: ITV News West Country

Oldway Mansion is set in 17 acres of gardens, with the building built at the end of the 19th Century - the request of owner Isaac Merritt Singer, the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.