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Barnet Council pledges quarter of a million pounds for revamp of historic Avenue House estate in Finchley
A Grade-II listed Victorian estate has been given a quarter of a million pounds from Barnet Council to help pay for major renovation work.
The Conservative administration’s cabinet members agreed to hand the cash to the Avenue House Estate Trust, which will be put towards a £3million improvement programme.
Avenue House, in East End Road, Finchley, was built in 1859 and was later bought by Henry Charles Stevens, son of the inventor of blue-black ink and founder of Stevens’ Ink.
He left the building to the people of Finchley and ten years after his death in 1918 the mansion and its grounds was opened to the public.
The latest council grant towards the estate, being paid in three yearly instalments, will help unlock a further £1.9million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The cash will be used to carry out major renovations to counter a general decline in the overall condition of the venue.
The project includes restoration of landscaping in the grounds, the Grade-II listed water tower, which is on the at-risk register of English Heritage, the stables block, refurbishment of the children’s playground and improving the entrances to the estate.
Andy Savage, chairman of the Avenue House Estate Trust, said: “The trustees are most grateful to the borough for its support, without which the Heritage Lottery Fund would not have given their grant to the project.”
Barnet Council’s deputy leader Councillor Dan Thomas, said: “I am delighted this grant will go towards securing the long-term future of one of our borough’s best-loved attractions.
“This money helps to restore Avenue House to its former glory so it can be enjoyed for future generations to come."
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