Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire.

The hall was home to the Kay-Shuttleworth’s, it is a 17th Century house which underwent further redecoration in the 19th Century, it is now managed by the National Trust.

Gawthorpe Hall’s  redesign in the 1850’s was by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle in Berkshire. Often described as “an Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire” the Hall today 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 also associated with the writings of Charlotte Bronte and the family, who lived in the nearby town of Howarth.


Gosfield Brocatelle, Gawthorpe Hall Ref 864

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room Curtain Restoration.

Silk and linen brocatelle narrow woven in green and straw for curtains in the Drawing Room at Gawthorpe Hall.

The same design can be seen at The Palace of Westminster and at Chatsworth House in the same colours, and an earlier 19th Century weaving, for the bed drapes in the Wellington Bedroom.

Project reference: 864