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The Role of the Friends of Historic Dilston (FoHD)

Archaeology at DilstonChapel and new GalleryThe portrait, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, shows James Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, with his Countess Anna Maria and son John

New Dilston Finials FoHD’s involvement with Dilston Castle and Chapel goes back many years, during which time an amicable and positive relationship with MENCAP (then owners) was established.  From 1993, founder members of FoHD, with the support of past Principals of Dilston College, carried out conservation work to the castle, mounted exhibitions and held fund-raising events; this ground work raising wider awareness of the plight of Dilston Castle and Chapel prior to their restoration by North Pennines Heritage Trust.  When the Trust subsequently applied for and acquired Heritage Lottery Grants for the HISTORIC DILSTON site in 2001 and 2007 founder members of FoHD assisted in the process.

The Work and Fund-raising of Friends of Historic Dilston (FoHD)



NB. The HISTORIC DILSTON Guide & History which includes reports and photographs of recent archaeological discoveries can be purchased from our Merchandise section along with a number of other publications relating to Dilston.








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