Gainsborough Old Hall reopens after revamp

Gainsborough Old Hall
Image caption The hall was used by the Pilgrim Fathers for meetings

A medieval house in a Lincolnshire market town has officially reopened after a £255,000 revamp.

Gainsborough Old Hall, built by Sir Thomas Burgh between 1460 and 1480, has restored two previously unseen rooms and installed a new shop.

Visitors can now see inside the Steward's Room and Green Room.

The hall, which has received some notable royal visitors including Richard III and Henry VIII, will also host weddings for the first time.

Digital tour

Janet Edmund, district manager for West Lindsey Library Heritage, said the hall is "a great community space - it's a hidden gem".

"It's a fabulous medieval building and with the new visitor facilities, people can come in and learn more about the hall and its history - and the new digital tour guides really brings the hall to life," she added.

Funding for the revamp came from the Arts Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Trent Vale, West Lindsey District Council and the Pilgrim Trust.

The official opening includes a performance from Lord Burgh's re-enactment group and archery demonstrations in the grounds.

The Mayflower Pilgrims met at the hall and John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, preached there.

Part of the building, which is run by Lincolnshire County Council, was used as a Victorian ballroom and later a linen mill, lodgings and a theatre.

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