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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian hall restoration comes to halt pending planning approval

The restoration of an historic house now hinges on a planning application.

Kirkhall buyer photo
Christopher Boyle and son Henry

Christopher Boyle bought Kirklinton Hall, near Longtown, last year, when he said his long-term aim was to redevelop it for his son, Henry.

Initial work has already been carried out at the listed property but Mr Boyle, whose family also owns the Mallsgate Hall estate near Roweltown, said they have reached their limits. They are now taking their work to another level, with plans for conversion lodged with Carlisle City Council.

“This planning application is critical,” he told The Cumberland News. “We have done as much clearing and stabilising as we can do without consent. We can’t do anymore physical work until the permissions come through.”

Mr Boyle is optimistic the go-ahead could be given in the next few weeks.

Until then, he has turned his attention to the 14-acre grounds – including plans for an orchard and an apiary – and to making use of the beautiful building.

Most recently, Kirklinton Hall has been named as the venue for the relaunch of Slow Food Cumbria.

Slow Food is an international movement, founded in Milan, and the individual groups are called convivia.

It was created to rival ‘fast food’, and aims to celebrate “real, local, artisan and traditional food and drink and responsible farming and production”.

Slow Food Cumbria was originally set up in 2005 but has waned in recent years.

Mr Boyle has stepped in as chairman of the Cumbrian group, and will tomorrow be joined by food enthusiasts to relaunch it with vigour at a special five-hour lunch.

Nettle and wild garlic soup, Mallsgate Hall organic beef stew, local champagne and other culinary delights will indulge those attending.

Tickets cost £15 per person – of which a £5 donation is given to Slow Food UK – and there are concessions for children and vegetarians.

Mr Boyle said: “Cumbria is a foodie heaven and consequently there are a lot of producers of the type that Slow Food should be championing, and a lot of consumers who should be getting the benefits of artisan products.

“Slow Food is there to bring those two together and embrace Cumbria’s food delights.”

It is open to Slow Food members and non-members. To book tickets or for more information, email info@kirklintonhall.co.uk

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