Open day in Richhill held ahead of £1.5m restoration

Richhill village is undergoing a �1.5million restoration works programme.

Richhill village is undergoing a �1.5million restoration works programme.

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Richhill is the focus of a new book which will be published next spring to celebrate the ongoing £1.5 million restoration project which will see around 20 buildings of architectural significance get fully restored.

The book, which will promote the history, growth and regeneration of the village, will be a collaboration between Richhill Buildings Preservation Trust and Armagh and District History Group.

The £1.5 million programme of works is being carried out thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the buildings.

Keith Gilmour, an architect working on the project, said the restoration project will leave a legacy in Richhill and is asking the community to be a part of the story.

Mr Gilmour said, “This project is one which has captured the attention of people living in the village, people who have moved away from the village, people in the nearby townlands as well as historians and travellers.

“To ensure community engagement we are hosting an open day on Saturday, September 12 from 11am-2pm which will enable people to bring along old photographs, artefacts which may be used in the book.

“The book will trace the village’s foundation from the first settlements, through Seventeenth Century Plantation and subsequent centuries as it evolved to become a vibrant commuter village with a population today of around 3,000.

“We are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and join us at our Open Day because it’s local people who will be able to help us preserve the fabric of the village’s historic buildings as well as enhancing local services and visitor facilities.”

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is being funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and the Housing Executive.

The open day will be hosted in a marquee in The Square, Richhill tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 2pm.