Astley Hall is the most exhilarating house in Lancashire” – Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s 1000 Best Houses’.
Astley Hall, Chorley, is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities for visitors to enjoy.
The Hall is perhaps best known for its stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings and the house is built around an internal Elizabethan courtyard. The four wings of the house were extended by the families who lived here and most of the original features are retained to this day.
Astley Hall and Chorley Council are looking to submit a £1.6 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The bid, if successful will see major repairs to the front of the Hall with new windows and a review of the front render. The render will be either taken off and replaced or we will look to restore the bricks beneath.
A consultation process is currently underway as the Astley Hall and the Council also want to improve the visitor experience to make visits more interesting, exciting and accessible.