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.