Gainsborough Old Hall returns to English Heritage and opens to public

Lincolnshire house, built in 1460, has been a theatre, preaching house, pub and masonic temple

The hall was built in 1460 for Sir Thomas Burgh, a political climber and survivor who wanted a spectacular family home that would reflect his status. TheGuardian.com

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Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire open to the public from 3 July. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

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