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August 29, 2012 - Filed under: History of Antiques — David

The Victorian dining chairs and antique bookcases of Lancashire’s historic buildings will be under the spotlight from 6th to 9th September, when the doors are flung open for this year’s Heritage Open Days event.

Organised by English Heritage, the four day event allows people free access to properties they would normally be unable to see, or else have to pay an entrance fee for. In Lancashire, this means the antique dining tables of Gawthorpe Hall, the Georgian silverware of the Lancashire Regiment, the exquisite interiors of Croston Old School and other such attractions will all be on view to the non-paying public.

Naturally, this being Lancashire, many of the events will have an industrial slant, with venues like Bancroft Mill and the Old Mount Engine House puffing away in the otherwise peaceful Ribble Valley. antique desk fans, however, will head for cultural hotspots like Lytham Hall, an 18th Century stately home on the site of a 12th Century manor house and priory. Built for the flamboyant Clifton family, the estate originally covered 16,000 acres and was totally self-supporting – it even had its own brewery and race-course. Normally, tours of the house – which is currently undergoing Restoration – are by prior arrangement only, but from 6th to 9th September the family portraits, Georgian silverware and antique marquetry furniture of this Lancashire family will be available to all.

Lytham Hall ceased being a private dwelling in the 1960s, yet still retains the feel of a family home, and its Victorian dining chairs and antique dining tables are used by Lancashire wedding parties on a regular basis. An antique dealer in an area like Preston will have similar fine furniture for sale.

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