MARKETPLACE: U.S. Actor Has A Leading Role In English House Restoration

Source: Marketplace Hopwood DePree is a Hollywood actor, screenwriter and producer who’s just embarked on a new career: historic house restoration … on the other side of the Atlantic. Sitting in Los Angeles and googling his family tree, DePree discovered that for centuries, the Hopwoods had owned an ancestral home near the town of Rochdale… Read full
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THE DAILY MAIL: From Hollywood To Rochdale: Successful Producer Moves To Former Northern Industrial Town To Restore His Family’s Ancestral Country Pile

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
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Hopwood Hall Estate To Receive £276,000 Repairs Grant From Historic England

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
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THE GUARDIAN: ‘His Ancestral Home Is A Tip’: The Californian Restoring Rochdale’s Grandest House.

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
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