THE stunning photographs from inside Gawthorpe Hall which feature on pages 10 and 11 of today’s Lancashire Telegraph highlight the great care being taken to renovate one of the area’s true treasures.

As every household knows, keeping on top of those necessary jobs around the home is a difficult enough task.

When that ‘house’ is a listed building and a jewel in East Lancashire’s crown, the complexities involved are astonishing.

Often when grants are awarded for heritage projects you will find the nay sayers queuing up to proclaim it a complete waste of money.

How wrong they are.

As local councillor Bob Clark rightly says, Gawthorpe Hall is “a special building”.

Interest in our heritage has never been greater and historic buildings like Gawthorpe play a key role in bringing history alive to younger generations.

They also serve to bring a welcome boost to tourism in the area with many local businesses and towns enjoying the spin off as newcomers to East Lancashire see what we have to offer.

It is also heartwarming to see that true craftsmanship remains alive and well and that such care and dedication goes into preserving our important buildings.