History

From medieval monarchs to manor house weddings

Built by the Burgh family in around 1460, Gainsborough Old Hall is a wonderfully preserved medieval manor house with a prestigious history.

Visited by King Richard III and King Henry VIII, who brought his wife, Catherine Howard, to stay here, these are the very rooms these infamous monarchs dined and slept in hundreds of years ago.

The Burgh family were influential, wealthy and flamboyant, but fell on hard times and sold the house in 1596 to the Hickman family. 

Since then, the hall has been used for many things, including as a theatre and a Masonic lodge. In 1970, it was given to the nation by Sir Edmund Bacon, and is now managed by Lincolnshire County Council as part of its heritage service on behalf of English Heritage.

English Heritage

History Gallery

“The Old Hall was the perfect venue for our wedding. The grand setting added to the magic and allowed us to have some fantastic photos to remember our special day. The staff were fantastic and extremly helpful throughout. An amazing day at an amazing place.”

Mr and Mrs Hethershaw