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The owners of Hartlebury Castle, the Church Commissioners, were shown the potential of the historic property today (Tuesday) by representatives of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev John Inge and local MP Peter Luff.

Tony Baldry MP, the Second Church Estates Commissioner and Rosemarie Jones, Deputy Surveyor of the Church Commissioners for England, were shown around the Castle by Alison Brimelow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and Christine Penney, the castle’s Hurd Librarian.

The purpose of the visit was to explain to give the Church Commissioners the opportunity to discuss the plans for the future of the historic residence of the Bishops of Worcester and to understand the potential, for the Castle as a major tourist destination, in conjunction with the County Museum.

Commenting after the visit, Alison Brimelow said,

“We were all very grateful to Tony and Rosemary for coming to Hartlebury to see for themselves what could be achieved. The trust is engaging constructively with the Church Commissioners as today demonstrated. I am optimistic that we will be able to reach a deal with them to sell us the Castle at an appropriate price. It will then be down to the trustees to raise the funds to safeguard the future of this great place and its fine Hurd Library.”

Peter Luff added,

“I impressed on Tony Baldry and Rosemarie Jones the commitment of the local community and of the district and county councils to this project. We have a record of delivering schemes of this nature as the reopening of the Droitwich Canals and of the Regal Cinema in Evesham both demonstrate. Wychavon has also shown great flair in its various schemes to bring Waitrose to Droitwich, to create a new cottage hospital at Pershore and to build the new sports centre at Evesham.

“If the Church Commissioners can offer the Trustees ownership of the Castle at a reasonable price, as I believe looks increasingly likely, then we can set about creating a major tourist attraction for the north of Wychavon and saving for future generations a really important part of Worcestershire’s history.”


Picture shows (left to right) Christine Penney, Alison Brimelow, Tony Baldry MP, Peter Luff MP and the Bishop of Worcester in the Hurd Library, Hartlebury Castle

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