Last week John visited Creeksea House in Burnham-On-Crouch, to learn more about how Historic England has helped to keep historic buildings like Creeksea going despite the challenges the pandemic has brought.
During his visit, John was joined by Maldon District and Essex County Councillor Jane Fleming, alongside Historic England’s Chief Executive Duncan Wilson and Heritage at Risk Surveyor Trudi Hughes. They met with the owners Jon-Paul Bertorelli Lindsey and Gerald Lindsey, and Events Director Claire Ashwell alongside Edward Morton, Conservation Accredited Engineer, who oversaw the restoration project.
Mr Whittingdale heard how funding from Historic England had helped to save Creeksea Place, a Grade II* listed Elizabethan manor house built in 1569. Today Creeksea operates as a wedding venue and holiday let. However the impact of the pandemic on the events industry significantly affected their revenue. Creeksea Place benefitted from the Culture Recovery Fund grant awarded by Historic England, which helped to fund their ongoing building restoration project despite the challenges of the pandemic.
John said “I was delighted to visit Creeksea Place to see the result of the restoration work that has been funded by Historic England. We are incredibly fortunate to have magnificent historic buildings like these in the Maldon District and it is vital that they are properly preserved”.