COMPTON Verney’s historic chapel is set to undergo a multi-million facelift – inside and out.
The country house turned art gallery near Wellesbourne has secured £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The money will be used to restore the Grade I listed chapel – one of the only remaining Georgian chapels in Britain – to its former glory, and turn it into a venue hosting music concerts.
A welcome centre will also be built along with a new footbridge, which will be parallel to the busy B4086, crossing Compton Pools and enabling the 60,000 yearly visitors to complete a circular walk of the park.
All work will be in the original style of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who is commonly known as England’s greatest ever gardener. He used sharply defined lakes, bridges, plants and pathways to create sightlines.
And thanks to the newly-secured funding, the original pathways from 1768 will be rebuilt, showing the land off in the way the famous landscape designer intended.
Compton Verney director Steve Parissien said: “We’re delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Compton Verney has enriched the regional cultural landscape for the past ten years and this grant will enable us to fully exploit the astonishing potential of our history, benefitting both the local community and visitors from further afield.”
Deterioration in the ‘Capability’ landscape led to the charity applying for lottery funding nearly two years ago in a bid to bring his vision back to life.
They hope to complete the work by 2016 – the tercentenary of the designer’s birth.