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When the Forge family purchased the scheduled ancient monument in November 1996 it was listed on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register. The Forge family considered their ownership of the property to be a challenge to preserve the remains of the ruins for future generations to enjoy and also to encourage others to be aware of and appreciate its historical importance.

The layout of the castle in the 16th Century (left), and how it looks now.

Very early on, the magnitude of the challenge was realised. The family’s background in civil engineering was useful but they needed to seek guidance on the preservation of such ancient stonework and it was soon apparent that financial help would also be needed. English Heritage was already aware of the dire condition of Westenhanger and since 1997 has helped with financial assistance to repair and restore the stonework over eight phased stages of work. All the work has been carried out to a high standard and was done with the advice and supervision of an Architect, English Heritage Inspector and Archaeologist.

To view the original Westenhanger Conservation Website, please click here.

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