Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

Major Conservation Repair Project


Gawthorpe Hall from the South

Work has started on site at our project at Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire. The works comprise repairs to the south and west elevations including stone repairs, repointing and window repairs. Internally, specialist plasterwork repairs will be carried out to ornate ceilings. Gawthorpe Hall is a grade I listed Elizabethan country house in extensive grounds on the banks of the River Calder in Padiham, near Burnley in Lancashire. It is owned by the National Trust and has been run in partnership with Lancashire County Council since 1972.

The House, thought to be built in 1600-1605 is attributed to the Elizabethan Architect Robert Smythson, whose other notable buildings include Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. The house along with its immediate grounds was remodelled in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament. Although it is closed until March 2016 whilst the repair works are carried out, it is a museum open to the public and includes textile and costume collections provided by the Shuttleworth family – the original owners of the Hall. The Hall also houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family.

We will keep you updated with progress as there are several interesting conservation repair challenges.