The Old Hall at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire is one of the most important surviving medieval houses in the country which is open to the public and has had a chequered history. It was built in 1484 by Lord de Burgh and remained as a residence until the 18th century. Since that time it has had an amazing variety of uses. It was used as a church whilst the parish church was being rebuilt, and as a soup kitchen following the Napoleonic Wars. It has also been used as a linen factory; as a corn exchange; as a mechanics institute; as a congregational church; as a theatre; as a public house; as a sale room; as a ballroom and as a Masonic Lodge; as well as shops and tenements.
Fortunately this most unusual building has survived and is now in the care of English Heritage.
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Photo taken in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, UK
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