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17 April 2012

Old Cornish building receiving extensive makeover

A Grade I listed palace in Lostwithel is in the process of an architectural makeover thanks to European Regional Devlopment Fund Convergence grants.

The Old Duchy Palace, sometimes referred to the Stannary Palace, is believed to be the oldest surviving non-ecclesiastical building in Cornwall that is still in use and was a crucial cog in the important tin industry so often associated with the county throughout the ages.

Costing around £600,000, the project is under the guidance of he Prince’s Regeneration Trust and the Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust, reflecting its status as a nationally important monument.

Site manager Miles Boswijk said: “It is a stunning building and beautifully built. What we're doing is to make good all the stone, repaint it where necessary, and lime wash it.”

Just one of many stunning architecturally designed buildings prevalent throughout the county, it represents only too well the excellent cultural landscape available to those staying in some 5 star accommodation in Cornwall this summer for a British vacation.

Image credit: bob the lomond

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