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About the Friends of the Old Hall Association

Gainsborough Old Hall is a unique medieval manor house right in the centre of Gainsborough. Sir Thomas Burgh built it between 1460 and 1480 and it remains much as he left it, to the delight of thousands of visitors each year. The Friends were formed in 1949 to save the building from decay, and to open it to the public.

Although the Old Hall is now owned by English Heritage and managed by Lincolnshire County Council, the Friends still have an active role to play. Friends are involved in all aspects of the Old Hall from guiding parties and catering, to behind the scenes work. There is also an active programme of social events for Friends. All this is co-ordinated by a Friends' committee which works with the Curator. Whatever you would like to offer will be welcome, and there really is something for everyone. The staff and the Friends look forward to hearing from you soon! We welcome you whether you would like to give active help or simply moral support. We like to know that you are there and that you care about the Old Hall. To contact the Friends directly, click here.



If you wish to book for a school visit contact details are as follows:

Tel 01522 782040



The President of The Friends of Gainsborough Old Hall Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt; Premier Baronet of England

Membership form

FOHA Constitution

June 2020 Newsletter

AGM 2019

LCC future of heritage services


Gainsborough's War Memorial


Mr David White Honorary Secretary 2015-17

Mrs Violet Jones 1919 - 2018