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An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family.

Run in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Gawthorpe Hall is a great family day out with lots to see in the Hall, gardens for play and woodlands for adventure.

Conservation in 2014

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We’re working hard to repair and conserve some key parts of the fabric of the Hall. This includes windows, stonework and specific room features. We're starting with the Huntroyde room - the ceiling is being supported by props. Whilst you won’t be able to go in the room, you’ll be able to see what’s going on from the doorway. As the work progresses we may have to close other rooms. Please check back for updates or give us a call.

the house is very much to my taste – near three centuries old, stately and picturesque

Charlotte Brontë