The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) is delighted to welcome its President and Founder, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, to Lostwithiel on Wednesday 17th July to officially open and celebrate the successful restoration of the Old Duchy Palace.
The Old Duchy Palace is a 700 year old building that has undergone a stunning £1 million restoration by PRT in partnership with the Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust (CBPT), transforming the site into vital business and retail space which will benefit the community and bolster the local economy.
The 700 year old building is Grade I listed making it in the top 2% of the most important buildings in the UK. The site, formerly the administrative centre for the Duchy of Cornwall, was at risk of significant dereliction and was on the Buildings at Risk Register when it was acquired by PRT in 2009. Under the direction of PRT and CBPT the Old Duchy Palace has benefited from a programme of renovation sympathetic to its historic character and medieval architecture giving it a viable and sustainable new use for the local community.
Restoration of the building has been carried out by local craftsmen using a combination of traditional materials and practices. Original features such as a 13th century rose window surround have been preserved and many captivating remains of the earlier masonic use of the building have been carefully retained as features, including an all-seeing eye wall painting.
For further details, see the full press statement attached.
Image of the Old Duchy Palace by Josephine Collingwood, used with permission.