Bank Hall is a Grade II* listed building and was the Manorial home of the Bannister (Banastre) family whose ancestors came from Normandy with William The Conqueror. The Friends of Bank Hall (formerly Bank Hall Action Group) have worked tirelessly since 1995 to saved the Hall which had become derelict. With the help of Heritage Trust for the North West & Lottery funding, this has now been achieved with the restoration of the Hall being started in July 2017.
Currently in the highest risk category on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk register, Bank Hall was the first building to feature on BBC Two’s TV series ‘Restoration’. The restoration project is being delivered by Chorley Borough Council in partnership with Heritage Trust North West, Urban Splash and Next Big Thing Developments Ltd.
Dr Ron Brunskill, President of the Ancient Monuments Society and author; very kindly agreed to come to the Centre on 30 August 2006 to speak to our invited audience gathered for the launch of a new Trust – the North West Traditional Buildings Trust, and with his permission, we are delighted to include his speech of welcome.
“We are gathered together this evening to celebrate three achievements of Heritage Trust for the North West : the new exhibition at the Pendle Heritage Centre, the creation of a North West Traditional Buildings Trust, and the short-listing of Higherford Mill in the BBC TV ‘Restoration’ Series”.
We would like to thank Dr Brunskill for launching the new Trust, receiving the W J Collection, and opening the new museum exhibition in the Centre.