Renovation of historic Horton Court completed ahead of re-opening to public

May 29 2018
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A TWO-year refurbishment project at Horton Court has been completed, with part of the National Trust property now set to be re-opened to the public.

The grade one-listed manor house, near Chipping Sodbury, was built from the remains of a 12th century Norman hall.

The hall, together with some of the grounds, is set to be open to visitors this summer when limited access will be offered by the trust.

However, the rest of the building will be leased out as a home so will remain private.

The repair scheme at what has been described as a highly significant property cost £2 million, the details of which were revealed at a public meeting in April 2016.

Recently, many of those at the meeting were invited back to see what had been done and learn about the plans for the building’s future.

Horton Court had been given to the National Trust in the 1940s by Hilda Wills, a daughter of the Bristol tobacco family.

The trust used to lease it out as a home, with visitors also allowed in for a few days each year, but the last tenants left in 2008 and visits ended four years later due to the poor condition of the premises.

Although closed, it was used on a number of occasions for filming, featuring in 

the TV series Poldark and Wolf Hall, as well as the BBC1 supernatural drama The Living and The Dead. 

The trust said the latest renovation was aimed at allowing more natural light into the building, improving drainage and resolving damp problems.

It said while the Norman hall was a rare survivor, there had been a number of additions and alterations to the house over the centuries, with the late 19th century eventually seeing the start of a period of neglect.

The trust aims to open Horton Court to visitors during July, August and September.