Hopwood Hard Hat

More than £350,000 has been awarded to help the restoration of historic Hopwood Hall near Rochdale. 

The Hopwood Foundation has been awarded the grant to ramp-up essential repairs and improve the experience for visitors. 

Hopwood, a Grade II* listed building in Middleton, fell into disrepair in the 1980s, and is currently on Historic England’s At Risk register.

Hollywood director Hopwood DePree is spearheading the restoration scheme – hoping save his crumbling ancestral home from ruin.

The American actor, writer and film director only became aware of the Hall – of which he shares his name – after researching his ancestry online.

He soon discovered family tales about an ‘English castle’ were not from the pages of a Hollywood script, but in fact, his ancestors had built and lived at Hopwood Hall for generations.

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