See inside the crumbling Lancashire mansion finally being renovated after 40 years

Work is well under way to restore one of Lancashire's historic halls after a multi-million pound investment to return it to its former glory.

Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 8:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 9:49 am
John Howard, member of Friends of Bank Hall, at the historic house

Bank Hall, a Grade II listed private estate in Bretherton, has been vacant and was rotting steadily since 1971, and the Post was invited on a behind-the-scenes tour of the work.

Bank Hall has been standing empty since 1971
Now, thanks to 25 years of campaigning from the Friends of Bank Hall group and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of 2.2 million the historic Jacobean mansion is being returned to its former glory
Listed building consent and planning permission was granted by Chorley Council in July 2013.
Stonemason Austin Walker, takes two-weeks to create this decorative stone flower, he will make 14 more for this project along with other items
The historic Bank Hall is now being converted in to flats
In 1832-33 under the ownership of George Anthony Legh-Keck the house was extensively remodelled by the Kendal based architect, George Webster in an early example of 19th century Jacobean style.
Master stonemasons are restoring many of the decorative features
The mansion has been left empty since 1971
Public access will be maintained for the central section of the building
Members of the public are being invited on 'hard hat tours' of the hall