English castle saved by Heritage grant

Years of exposure to weather and thick-growing ivy nearly brought about an end to Suffolk, England's Mettingham Castle until a grant of UK£290,565 from English Heritage saved the structure.

Built by John de Norwich in 1394, the castle became the home of the College of Secular Canons. It became a victim of the 16th century Dissolution of the Monasteries and fell into disrepair. The grant, which stabilized the ruin, was greatly appreciated by private owner.

"We are delighted that our grant and the advice of our experts has helped to make a major difference to repairing and consolidating the castle for current and future generations to enjoy," said Gary Griffin from English Heritage.