Historic England has signed off a grant of £368,000 to kick off the restoration of the grade two star-listed Rochdale building, a project being led by a descendant of the Hopwood family, which owned the hall for 500 years until the early 20th century. 

“This is really fantastic news and will ensure that we can move forward getting ever closer to the dream of restoring this beautiful building as an accessible venue for the community and beyond,” said Hopwood DePree. 

Hopwood DePree XIV, an actor-turned-producer from LA and chair of the Hopwood Foundation charity, is leading the campaign to restore the hall, which is owned by Rochdale Council. 

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