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Sneak preview of Forty Hall's restoration before reopening
Enfield’s Forty Hall has been restored to its former glory after undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment, and the Enfield Independent had a sneak peek.
The manor house will be re-opened to the public on June 30 and July 1 in a weekend celebration of “music, dancing, hog-roasts and tours”.
The historic hall received funding from Enfield Council, who donated £4.3 million, and the Heritage Lottery Find, which contributed just under £2m.
The Enfield Independent had the unique opportunity to get a guided preview of the hall before the official opening, and it has certainly undergone significant change.
The restoration, which began in the winter of 2010, has brought Forty Hall back to life and back to the 17th Century style – true to the period of which it was built.
The exterior of the magnificent building has been completely revamped, making the surrounding area even more picturesque.
Already families are visiting parks surrounding the hall to catch a glimpse of the work it has undergone, creating a lively yet calming atmosphere.
The interior of the mansion, however, is the truly breathtaking feature. The walls and ceilings in particular are depicted in excruciating detail, portraying style of the era it was erected in.
Although refurbished to resemble the interior of a home in the 1600s, there is a 21st Century stamp on Forty Hall. A lift has been installed into the manor, making it fully accessible for the first time in the house’s history.
Forty Hall was built in 1632 for Nicholas Rainton, a self-made man who became the Lord Mayor of London.
Council officer Angela Shoosmith said that employees at the hall have been “inspired by Nicholas Rainton,” as they are now providing work experience and volunteering placements for the area.
She added: “Forty Hall is a real symbol of the local heritage.
“Not only has it been beautifully restored, but it also resembles Enfield as a hard-working community - that anybody can make something of themselves. It is a real inspiration.
“We want to keep going and make Forty Hall an internationally known destination.”
Free tours of the house can be booked on the weekend of the reopening. Click here for more information.