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Astley Hall

Nearly 500 years of history can be found in the heart of the Lancashire market town of Chorley. Surrounded by parkland, lakes and trees lies Astley Hall.

The Charnock family built the original structure, timber-framed around a small courtyard and over the years there have been additions and changes.

The view of Astley Hall and its lakes and ornamental fountains.

Astley Hall in Chorley

Later owners of the house created its amazing asymmetrical front facade with its rustic columns and doorway supported on either side by huge bay windows and stained glass.

Astley Hall in Chorley

The interior of the hall contains some mid-17th century plasterwork ceilings with excessive decoration and ornate artistry.

The entire width of the top floor of the house is occupied by a long gallery, which in turn contains the finest shovelboard table in existence at some 7.2 m in length.

Astley Hall in Chorley

The south wing of the building was added in 1825, with more plasterwork and paneling being installed even later.

Eventually, in 1922, the entire house and its contents were given to the people of Chorley as a memorial to local men killed in the first great war.

The grounds, complete with a small lake feature a picturesque meandering stream running through a wooded ravine.

The surrounding parkland was converted fully into a public park space for the locals to enjoy, with the house becoming a museum.

Astley Hall in Chorley

As with all these historic structures they are surrounded by myth and legend and Astley Hall is no exception - it is rumoured that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the hall during the Battle of Preston in the 17th Century

Astley Hall in Chorley

In 2021 the hall was chosen by local MP and speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle as the venue for the G7 speakers meeting.

Since then, a major restoration has taken place that closed the hall but once the work was completed the hall was fully re-opened to the public by Mr. Hoyle in 2022.

It continues to be a major attraction and asset for the town.


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