Thursday 15 June 2017
As work is about to get underway to redevelop one of Sunderland’s most historic buildings, a special event took place at Hylton Castle involving local school children. After total of £4.4million will be invested into bring the 14th century Hylton Castle back into community use by transforming what is presently a near empty shell into a multi-purpose building that will be of benefit to both the community and visitors.
However, before that work commences, children from nearby schools have been given the task of contributing to filling a time capsule that will be placed beneath the castle in the now dry well.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Doris MacKnight and her Consort and husband, Keith MacKnight, were at Hylton Castle to hand over the empty time capsule to pupils representing St John Bosco Primary, Hylton Castle Primary, English Martyrs Primary, Bexhill Academy, Castletown Primary, Northern Saints Primary and Castle View Academy.
Sunderland City Council has been working closely on this exciting project in partnership with the main interested parties that include English Heritage, Historic England and the driving force behind the project, the Friends of Hylton Castle and Dene.
The work will see the construction of three floors inside the walls of the castle, as well as access to the roof. In addition, there will be spaces to host a wide range of events and activities, including exhibitions.
Some of the building will be set aside for use by pupils and students from schools, colleges and universities.
In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the stories and legends associated with the history and heritage of the building and the people who once lived within it’s walls. There will also be a castle cafe.