Elizabethan house with rich interiors and an important textile collection
This imposing house, set in tranquil grounds in the heart of urban Lancashire, resembles the great Hardwick Hall and is very probably by the same architect, Robert Smythson. In the middle of the 19th century Sir Charles Barry was commissioned to restore the house, thereby creating the opulent interiors we see today. The Long Gallery is hung with portraits of society figures from the 17th century, some of the paintings being on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Several rooms display part of the international collection of needlework, lace and costume assembled by the last family member to live here, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. The wooded park and riverside location offer good summer walks
Name and credits for images of Gawthorpe Hall
Description of image - A view of the North Parterre and it's flowerbeds at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire.
Description of image - A view of the South Front of Gawthorpe Hall set in it's grounds on a stormy day.
Credit for photograph: Matthew Antrobus
Copyright: ©NTPL/Matthew Antrobus
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