Padiham  and  Gawthorpe  Hall,
Gawthorpe  Hall  and  Padiham.
You  can’t  have  one  without  the  other.

The stunning Jacobean hall finds its origins around the same time as the town itself. The hall grew as Padiham grew. Its believed the magnificent 17th century stately home was built around a 1323 defensive pele tower. A constant example of the Padiham spirit to craft something beautiful out of even the most rough and raw of materials.

Gawthorpe Hall was the dream of Sir Richard Shuttleworth; a dream he never lived to see completed. You can enjoy his vision today as you explore the impressive house and grounds thanks to the current owners, the National Trust.

“an  Elizabethan  gem  in  the
heart  of  industrial  Lancashire”

The National Trust


With elaborate ceilings, gorgeous panelling, impressive furnishings and exquisite grounds, the hall you see today could be mistaken for the set of Downton Abbey.

That isn’t far from the truth as Gawthorpe Hall was renovated in 1850 by the architect Sir Charles Barry. He is famed for his work on Highclere Castle (TV’s Downton Abbey) and, perhaps his greatest achievement, the Houses of Parliament. The renovation updated the interior of the Jacobean building to an Elizabethan style and restored the grounds to match.

Get the Downton experience for yourself at the stunning Victorian Christmas Weekend or the historic vehicle rally.


War  heroes,  sheriffs,
philanthropists  and  art  collectors.

Home to generations of the Shuttleworth and Kay families, Gawthorpe has been residence to a variety of important historic figures including:

Colonel Richard Shuttleworth: A parliamentarian soldier during the civil war, Richard won the battle of Read Bridge with just 400 men, repelling 4,000 Royalists as they marched towards Padiham.

James Kay-Shuttleworth: A philanthropist and founder of the English system of popular education, James worked tirelessly to educate the masses and guard the poor from the ravages of the Lancashire cotton famine.

Miss Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth: Believing that craft can improve people’s quality of life, Rachel amassed a textile collection of international importance. She shared her knowledge and passion internationally but also welcomed local women into her Craft House.

Some historians say that Winston Churchill was descended from the Shuttleworths.

The hall is a living monument to these great people. The evidence, and even some of their faces, can still be found around the hall if you look carefully enough.

This home remains family orientated with gnome hunts, re-enactors, craft activities and occasional civil war re-enactments.


Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s textile collection is said to be the finest outside of the V&A Museum and demonstrates a fascinating history of that craft and industry. Grown out of a passionate hobby, the collection showcases textiles from Elizabethan through to the early 20th century and benefits from Miss Rachel’s connections with the Arts & Crafts movement.

Miss Rachel personified the spirit of Padiham more than anyone and her legacy still lives on to inspire artists today.

With the addition of a collection of 17th Century portraits from the National Portrait Gallery as well as objects and art collected by the family from around the world, Gawthorpe is a a feast for the eyes.