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Gawthorpe Hall is a compact estate house, built between 1600 and 1605 around the site of a medieval pele tower. It boasts original architecture, plasterwork and oak panelling from that period. The dining room includes a minstrels' gallery and twin doors suitable for performers to enter and exit. But it is mostly a Victorian creation, and if you think it looks similar to Highclere House or the Houses of Parliament, it is because Gawthorpe was redesigned by the same architect, Sir Charles Barry, in the 1850s. The house even includes furniture and wallpaper designed by Pugin. The interiors are lovely. Charlotte Brontë came and stayed at the Hall. It now houses an extraordinary display of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and a textile collection, said to be the most important outside London, assembled by the last resident, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, who died in 1967. Pleasant, but not extensive, gardens and grounds.