- Gainsborough Old Hall
Gainsborough Old Hall in
Lincolnshireis over five hundred years old and one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England.The Hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh around 1460. The Burghs were rich, flamboyant and powerful people. Gainsborough Old Hall was not only their home, but also a demonstration of their wealth and importance. Architecturally it has changed very little over the years.
It is principally a timber framed building, giving it its characteristic 'striped' or 'black and white' appearance. On the north east corner is a brick tower. A splendid view of the town awaits those who brave the fifty-nine step climb to the top.
The Hall is a fine example of upper-class buildings in
medieval England, and, because of this, students in Gainsborough, Lincolnshireare taken to the hall as part of their Historical studies.
There is a story that a daughter, supposedlly called Elizabeth, of Thomas Burgh fell in love with a servant or poor soldier. As punishment she was locked in a room where she starved to death. Over the years people have reported sightings of her especially in the tower room.
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=3820769 Exterior and interior photos of Gainsborough Old Hall on geograph]
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