Britain's historic homes struggle to stay afloat


Published: 2021-03-28 10:33

Last Updated: 2021-04-17 10:12

Source: Visit Colchester
Source: Visit Colchester

Kentwell Hall, a 450-year-old house near Bury St. Edmunds in eastern England, is in need of critical repairs it cannot afford after closing its doors to visitors at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

Patrick Phillips, its owner since 1971, is appealing to the government for help as restrictions on events and visits have seen almost all the estate's income disappear.

"In effect, we have lost the whole of, nearly the whole of last year, apart from February, which is only a very tiny bit, and what we could manage in July and August and in total it has been absolutely devastating for us," said Phillips. 

"What the public don't often realize is that houses like this incredibly costly to maintain. The structure of the houses and the structure of all the buildings that you have, walls, in our case this moat wall here - we have 800 yards of moat wall all the way around the moats behind us, most of which we've had to repair or rebuild or build."

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