Money goes towards £8m restoration fund for Strawberry Hill House in west London

English Heritage has given £100,000 towards the restoration of Horace Walpole’s Grade I listed mansion.

The money will be put towards the £8m restoration project at Walpole’s 18th Century Strawberry Hill House in Kingston Upon Thames, London.

Strawberry Hill House needs maintenance work on the roof, elevations, drainage and parapets. The stained glass will be removed and repaired to correct damage by aircraft vibrations.

Tim Jones of English Heritage's London Regional team, said: "We are delighted to be able to contribute financially to this project. If the essential repair of the roof and rainwater systems is not completed soon, the house could be exposed to serious damage.

"Ultimately, this money will leave an important part of our heritage in a good state of repair for future generations to enjoy."

The contract for work will go out to tender in summer 2008 and work will begin in November 2008.

The building has been on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register since 1996. In 2004 it was included on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.