The antique dining tables and Open Bookcases of Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland, represent 14 generations of collecting by the Parker family, who have found various innovative ways to support the costs of running their stately home – including offering it as a concert venue.
As Lancashire’s oldest surviving family home, Brownsholme has a remarkable collection of antique treasures, from antique balloon back dining chairs made at Lancashire workshops, to antique bookcases originally intended as pew ends for the Victorian chapel.
The Parker family have made their historic home a focal point for the local community; offering it as the venue for a monthly farmers’ and crafts market that includes guided tours of the hall itself.
The hall also has a new programme of special events, including two in late May. Firstly, the hall will be open over the Spring Bank Holiday, with (hopefully) the chance to see sunlight streaming through the heraldic stained glass of the Main Staircase and Oak Drawing Room onto things like a 16th century oak sideboard and 18th century mahogany antique desk.
Lancashire visitors can also enjoy a Lakeside Wildlife Walk, and the gardens and tearoom of the 17th century Tithe Barn, which later in the week will be hosting a rather special musical evening: a presentation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, sung by the Heritage Opera Company.
Brownsholme’s beautiful Tithe Barn is ideal for period productions – and period weddings. For Tudor Revival antique dining tables and Victorian dining chairs , go to a Preston antiques dealer.
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