Historic hall to reopen after vital works

Astley Hall repair work
Astley Hall repair work
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Chorley’s historic hall is set to reopen to the public at the end of this month following vital repairs.

Astley Hall is due to open its doors to the public on 
Saturday, August 29, having been closed since Christmas for conservation works.

The work, which was needed to help preserve the Grade 1 listed building , revealed that a foundation beam supporting the 400-year-old wall in the Great Hall, had rotted and needed replacing.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “We had hoped that once this was done, the Hall would reopen.

“But whilst the panelling was being taken off the wall to do this work, it was discovered that the timber wall frame was not properly tied to the front wall of the Hall and so we’ve had to have bespoke plates made.

“We were lucky enough to open the Hall just for the weekend of the Chorley Flower Show to give people a chance to look around and enjoy the spectacular floral displays that adorned the rooms.

“Then it closed again for some finishing off works to be done, but I’m delighted to be able to say it will reopen for the Bank Holiday weekend and will be open every weekend for the rest of the year, plus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays.”

The Hall will be open from noon until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays from August 29 and 30.

It’s also open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school 
holidays.