Radcliffe Tower receives investment boost!
Radcliffe’s famous medieval Tower is set to receive substantial investment.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed their final approval to a £267k grant towards a £461k project which will excavate, enhance and interpret the story of the de Radcliffe family at RadcliffeTower in ClosePark.
Match funding will come from Bury Council, volunteer time and other funding grants.
The project which will get underway in late summer or early autumn 2013 will enable investigation of the site through a ‘Time Team’ style excavation and will involve various studies of the tower and of St Mary’s Church. Strengthening works to the tower will also be carried out and a new setting for the tower and church will be created with on-site information boards, a website and phone app all helping to tell the story of the area.
Local schools, volunteers and archaeologists from SalfordUniversity will all be working together on this project which is expected to increase interest in the area and encourage involvement in similar schemes and boost visitors to the area.
From September, Radcliffe residents and other interested parties will be invited to get involved in designing the improvements to the area and there will also be opportunities to attend workshops and training.
Radcliffe North Councillor and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Culture Jane Lewis said “This work will boost the facilities and attractions on offer at Close Park, and will give the people of Radcliffe a great opportunity to get together and enjoy researching and enhancing the area’s history and character.”