National Trust launches appeal to save Knole House

A medieval stately home in needs £2.7m to carry out urgent repairs to protect its important collections of furniture and tapestries.

The has launched a public appeal to raise funds for House, near .

The trust, which owns the , says water leaks and pest infestations are putting important collections at risk.

Knole was built as part of an 's palace in 1456.

Set in a 1,000-acre deer park, the palace of Thomas Bourchier, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, was extended by his successors until VIII forced to hand it over.

In 1604, Thomas Sackville, a cousin of Elizabeth I, became the owner of Knole.

Over 400 years, the Sackville family amassed collections of furniture from royal palaces, paintings, textiles and other objects from around the world.

The trust has written to supporters asking for help, describing Knole as the “most precious and fragile” property in its portfolio.

It has also applied to the for a £7.5m grant.

Plans for a major facelift include opening new rooms to the public and building a conservation studio.

via BBC News