On Sunday 16th September 2018, we had around 60 people join us in exploring Stubbylee Hall for Heritage Open Day.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2000 organisations, 5000 events and 40000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.
The Hall is located just outside Bacup, within the setting of Stubbylee Park. The Park has recently been transformed by the efforts of volunteers from the Friends of Stubbylee Park and their partners.
At the Hall, visitors were able to see the principal rooms as well as explore hidden spaces, such as the cellars and parts of the attic. They discovered the top of the dome and how it is enclosed within the roof. It still has the historic winding mechanism that would have raised and lowered a candelabra for servants to replace the candles. Our visitors were also able to see inside the cellars, with their vaulted ceilings and stone shelves.
Stubbylee Hall Feasibility Study
Our visitors shared their ideas around the future of the Hall and how its use might be intensified. This feedback will be used as part of an upcoming application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We are partnering Rossendale Borough Council in considering the future of the building in the context of the Stubbylee Park Masterplan. Our next step will be to submit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund under their ‘Resilient Heritage’ programme. This will allow us to assess the condition of the Hall, its history and the restrictive covenant. We will use this information to consider options for its future use and how to make the Hall more sustainable.
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