Historic England has awarded a grant of more than £100,000 towards the restoration of Plumpton Rocks. Described as “heaven on earth” by Queen Mary, the wife of King George V.
Situated near Knaresborough, Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II-listed 18th century man-made lake, set against a backdrop of dramatic rock formations and surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful parkland.
From the late 18th century to the late 20th century, Plumpton Rocks was a celebrated pleasure ground enjoyed by everyone from the paying public to royalty. But it fell into decline towards the end of the last century and was eventually put on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register in 2012.
The Historic England grant of £103,160 grant will fund essential works to the lake. This marks the final phase of a major restoration programme, which began in 2016 with the dredging of the lake and repair of its dam. Having already given £311,000 to fund this earlier phase, Historic England has contributed more than £414,000 in total to returning Plumpton Rocks to its former glory.
Giles Proctor, Heritage at Risk Surveyor at Historic England, said: “Plumpton Rocks is one of North Yorkshire’s most impressive historic gardens, and the restoration work will help to ensure it remains so for future generations.”
Robert Hunter, current owner of Plumpton Rocks, said:
“I am immensely grateful for the support that Historic England has provided to enable the restoration of Plumpton Rocks. Together with support from Natural England and the Historic Houses Foundation, Plumpton has been transformed back to its original splendour when Turner painted the landscape.”
Plumpton Rocks is open to the public every weekend from March to October and every day in August. Visit www.plumptonrocks.com for more details.