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Source: The Times It is a story worthy of a Hollywood film. A successful actor-cum-producer browses the internet in the early hours from his home in sun-drenched LA and discovers that his unusual name links his ancestry to a dilapidated country pile in a former industrial town in northern England. Now Hopwood DePree XIV is
Source: Daily Mail A Hollywood director who discovered his ancestors lived in a stately home in Rochdale has started refurbishing the run-down estate after securing a grant of £276,000 from Historic England for critical structural repairs. Hopwood DePree, 47, discovered he was a direct descendant of the family who built Hopwood Hall in the 14th
Source: Rochdale Online Hopwood Hall Estate is being awarded a grant of at least £276,000 from Historic England for critical structural repairs. The grant, match-funded by Rochdale Borough Council, will enable the Grade-II* listed Hall to be stablised and weather-proofed, a milestone in the renovations as historically significant parts of the building are in danger of collapsing at any
Source: The Guardian With his blinding white smile, tanned skin and bleached blond hair, the new American owner of one of the north of England’s most important manor houses does not travel incognito. “Mr Hopwood, is that you?” The middle-aged women walking their dogs were very excited to encounter Hopwood DePree driving down the crater-filled
Source: Spear’s Magazine Owners of estates are proving increasingly entrepreneurial as they look for ways to cover their high running costs, writes William Cash… Read full article.