SD6911 : Reproduction Victorian Panelling, Smithills Hall Library

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Toppings, Bolton, Great Britain

Reproduction Victorian Panelling, Smithills Hall Library
Reproduction Victorian Panelling, Smithills Hall Library
Smithills Hall and estate were sold to the Ainsworth family in 1801. They extensively rebuilt and modernised the hall over the next 100 years or so. The west wing, originally built as an extension by Robert Barton in the sixteenth century, was remodelled in the 1870s and restored by Bolton Council in 1999. Old photographs were used to recreate the Ainsworth family’s living quarters as they would have looked in around 1900. A library was an essential accessory for the Victorian landed gentry and was stocked with volumes chosen to show off the owner’s education and interests. When the room was restored, the original nineteenth century panelling was matched with modern reproductions.
Smithills Hall
Smithills Hall is a manor house, standing on the slopes of the moors above, two miles north west of the town centre. It is one of the oldest manor houses in the north west of England; its oldest parts, including the great hall, date from the 15th century and it has been since been altered and extended particularly the west part.

The hall is owned by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council . The oldest parts were opened to the public as a museum in 1963, and in the 1990s, the museum was extended into some of the Victorian extensions. The west wing was restored by the council in 1999. It is Grade I-listed (List Entry Number: 1388279 LinkExternal link Heritage Gateway)

LinkExternal link Smithills History (Bolton Museum)
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Wednesday, 9 March, 2016   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 March, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6994 1186 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.1461N 2:27.3437W
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