News Preston Based Conlon Construction Restore Elizabethan Mansion

A stately home once owned by Lord Shuttleworth has been restored by Conlon Construction.

The eight-month project saw the Preston-based heritage specialist repair stonework and windows, as well as internal and external remedial work, at the Grade One-listed Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham.

Commissioned by Lancashire County Council Museum Service, these vital works were undertaken to restore the façade on the hall’s south, north and west elevations.

The hall, which is operated on behalf of the National Trust, remained closed to the public throughout the works.

“We’ve a lot of experience in heritage projects and understand the skill, materials and budgets required to deliver a project of this nature,” said Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction.

“Thanks to TV programmes like Downton Abbey, there’s a renewed interest in stately homes, so we’re pleased to have delivered a programme of work that will further extend the life of the building.”

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, added: “Gawthorpe Hall is a very special building that we operate on behalf of the National Trust.

“Because of its importance, we’ve invested a significant amount of money in the conservation project to preserve it for the future.

“It has been closed since last May and we are delighted that the work has been completed on time and the public will be able to enjoy visiting it again soon.

“On a personal level, as I’m the county councillor for Padiham and I also live close to Gawthorpe Hall, this is really pleasing news.”

Gawthorpe Hall holds the North West’s largest collection of portraits and collections of intricate lace, embroidery and needle work. An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire, it is situated on the banks of the River Calder in Padiham in Burnley.

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