The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust has been awarded over £400,000 in its Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will enable it to prepare its bid for Stage 2.
If this is successful the castle, with its grounds, home of the Bishop of Worcester for over 800 years, will be purchased from the Church Commissioners. The internationally significant Hurd Library, built in 1782 by Richard Hurd, bishop from 1781-1808, will remain there.
It is of outstanding importance, being the only library of an Anglican bishop still on its original shelves in the room built for it. It is not part of the sale since Hurd left its use to all succeeding bishops for ever and the Church Commissioners hold it in trust for them. But if we succeed the threat of removal will be lifted and we hope it will continue to educate, entertain and inspire readers and visitors, as it has done for 230 years.