Major conservation work underway at Gawthorpe Hall

Scaffolding surrounds Gawthorpe Hall which is undergoing a major refurbishment.
Scaffolding surrounds Gawthorpe Hall which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

Extensive work at popular tourist attraction Gawthorpe Hall is progressing well but those carrying out the work admit it’s a “slow and methodical project”.

The Elizabethan hall was close in May this year for major building conservation work by the Lancashire County Council Museum Service who run Gawthorpe Hall on behalf of the National Trust.

Scaffolding surrounds Gawthorpe Hall which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

Scaffolding surrounds Gawthorpe Hall which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

It will be closed for the rest of the year as repairs are carried out to the historic building, including re-pointing outside stonework, repairs to the windows and also work on the 1602 plaster ceiling in the Huntroyde bedroom.

Simon Brown, contracts manager at Conlon Construction, said: “We’re in the early stages of this project and everything is going to plan.

“Since we started on site we have undertaken enabling works to provide the team with access to the areas that require attention and now the main body of works are underway.

“This conservation project will be a slow and methodical process to carefully strip back the many layers to reveal the original fabric of the building so that we may do the repairs.”

This conservation project will be a slow and methodical process to carefully strip back the many layers to reveal the original fabric of the building so that we may do the repairs

Simon Brown, contracts manager