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Appeal to help uncover secrets of long-lost Peak District family home

Errwood Hall as it once was. Picture courtesy of Gerald Hancock Collection / goyt-valley.org.uk

An appeal is being launched to help to uncover the secrets of Errwood Hall in the Goyt Valley - one of the Peak District's most fascinating long-lost family homes.

The ruins attract many visitors, but few know its story and now the Peak District National Park Foundation is helping to change that in its new project, Unlocking the Secrets of Errwood Hall.

The Foundation aims to raise £5,000 to create a new Augmented Reality app - helping visitors and schoolchildren to step back in time to see this local landmark brought virtually back to life.

Funds will be raised through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which runs from 30th November to 7th December, and doubles donations made during that time.

Claire Barlow, the Foundation’s fundraising development officer, said: “This exciting project will help the public to explore the ruins in a new way, using 3D modelling and Augmented Reality. The original hall will emerge before their very eyes.

The app will also be an educational aid to engage with local schoolchildren.

Errwood Hall was built in the early 1840s by Samuel Grimshawe and remained in the family until 1930. The estate was compulsorily purchased by Stockport Corporation, amidst plans to build two large reservoirs in the Goyt Valley and the Hall demolished.

Dr Catherine Parker Heath, South West Peak cultural heritage officer, explains: “By increasing understanding of Errwood Hall, we hope that people will want to help us to look after and conserve this important historical site.”

Dr Catherine Parker Heath at Errwood Hall. Picture: Fiona Stubbs

The Foundation would like to thank The Outdoor Guide (TOG), which has pledged £1,250 in match funding for the project, in memory of Liz Mackenzie, a colleague and friend, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge goes live at midday on Tuesday 30 November. All donations given via the Foundation Big Give campaign page during the challenge week will be doubled. 

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