Gawthorpe Hall

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Gawthorpe Hall, a Lancashire County Council property managed by the National Trust is an Elizabethan house in the town of Padiham, in the borough of Burnley, Lancashire, England.


Although the house is more compact than power houses such as Chatsworth House or Tatton Park, it is described by the National Trust as an Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire. Nicholas Cooper Nicholas Cooper, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 1999:260f. describes it as an early example of a plan in which the main stair is immediately accessible from the main entrance, a feature that later became standard. The house is in a state of complete repair and its history stretches back to 1600, when rebuilding around the pele tower, already a Shuttleworth property, was begun by Lawrence Shuttleworth.Date 1599 O.S. in Cooper 1999:260f; the "Booke of Accountes ... for the use of Mr. Lawrence Shuttleworthe, towchinge his howse att Gawthroppe" begin in February N.S.: John Harland edited "The Shuttleworth Accounts" in (Chetham Society) Remains Historical & Literary connected with the palatine counties of Lancaster and Chester 35.1 (:126); the foundation stone was laid 1600 (p. 130). Gawthorpe Hall was owned by the Kay-Shuttleworth family until 1970.

In 1604, Richard Stone from Carr House in the Bank Hall estate Bretherton, imported Irish panel boards and timber for the Shuttleworth family, who were building...
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