New video unveils revival of historic Hopwood Hall Estate

Date published: 08 July 2024

Plans for the transformation of the Hopwood Hall Estate in Middleton have been unveiled in a new YouTube video, showcasing the grand renovation led by American actor and comedian Hopwood DePree.

DePree is a descendant of the Hopwood family who owned the house before the last two male heirs in England were tragically killed in action in World War One.

DePree rediscovered the 600-year-old ancestral home while browsing the internet, recognising it from childhood stories. Determined to revive the estate, he relocated from Hollywood to Middleton and took charge of the restoration efforts.


Hopwood Hall Estate


The actor has assembled a strong network of national advisors and international supporters. Years of public consultations, research, and discussions have shaped the project's direction, supported by a viability study and business plan.

DePree has also secured significant grants to fund the restoration, ensuring the Grade II* Listed Building's fabric is maintained. He said: "The completion of the latest works is fantastic news as we can now really see the extraordinary Hopwood Hall taking shape again.

"In collaboration with Historic England and Rochdale Council, we have secured much-needed funding. The professionalism of Seven Architects, alongside our contractor Restoration Projects, ensures the specifications and workmanship honour the hall’s Grade II* historical significance.

"While the renovations are taking time, it is essential to preserve Hopwood Hall for future generations, protecting its craftsmanship and longevity. Personally, it has been an honour to invest in the project, and working with the passionate community has been a true highpoint.”

The ‘before' and ‘after’ concept art and the accompanying video provide a glimpse of the historic Hall's potential benefits to Rochdale Borough, the region, and beyond.

Hopwood DePree added: “The video has now received over 40,000 views and our YouTube about our ongoing rescue of Hopwood Hall Estate has now reached over three million views which is absolutely incredible.

"I recently was able to attend and spread the word about the project at the VidCon conference in California which was very exciting and created a lot of interest in ways we can reach a larger audience globally.”

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