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Source: The Manchester Evening News

A rare glimpse inside Hopwood Hall – the once grand 12th century home that’s crumbling down

Help is on the way for an historic north Manchester home – all the way from the States

For more than 500 years it was a grand family home, but a rare glimpse inside reveals just how far Hopwood Hall has fallen from its former glory.

While some ornate features remain (almost) intact – a family shield, a fireplace – the walls are crumbling and covered in graffiti as the house falls further and further into disrepair.

But one member of the Hopwood family – whose ancestors were born in the ‘birthing room’ hundreds of years ago – is hoping he can save it.

In a story that could have come straight from the pages of a screenplay, American actor and director Hopwood DePree has left his home in the Hollywood Hills to fight to restore the building his English ancestors founded in the 12th Century.

Read the full article at The MEN.

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