Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch
Highcliffe Castle is Grade I listed building built in 1830 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay.
Very unusually, it incorporates architectural fragments of great historic importance that he collected (largely from Europe), including the magnificent 16th century oriel window from the Grande Maison des Andelys in Normandy. HLF funded major works to save the building, which was badly damaged by fire in the 1960s and considered to be one of the most important buildings on English Heritage’s at risk register at that time.
The works included comprehensive conservation of the building’s exterior and principal architectural features, rebuilding the East Tower and restoration and repair of the Great Hall, including reinstatement of the Medieval Stained Glass Jesse Window. Without these works, this very important surviving example of the Romantic and picturesque style is likely to have deteriorated beyond repair. Today the castle’s renovated exterior is testimony of the remarkable skills of craftsmen and women who carried out this complex repair and conservation project.
Since the works were completed, the castle has gone from strength to strength and is now a much loved and visited local attraction.