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of St. John Restoration
STRANRAER’S Castle of St John could be the subject of a half-million
pound makeover, if ambitious proposals get the go-ahead.
have been announced to restore the Castle and turn it into
a leading tourist attraction.
architects have made investigations into the Castle and its
potential as an attraction for visitors to the area. Initial
exploratory work on the fabric of the building itself should
begin in a couple of months.
called in to look at ways of developing the structure have
called it a "unique building" with respect to its changing
nature, position within the town and the unique open exercise
yard on the roof of the building.
a tower house for important landowning families, it later
became a prison and is currently a museum.
are now being faced with dampness due to the modern concrete
pointing. Replacement limework will be part of the upgrading
process — if a successful bid for funding can be made.
to the "Free Press," Architect Gordon Fleming of Ayr-based
ARP Lorimer and Associates said
are going to make an application for half a million pounds.
"That will be going to a number of bodies such as the lottery
and heritage funding groups.
"An initial application will be made in about two months
time which, if successful, will allow us to proceed with