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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.