ALMOST 450 years after it was first built a historic West Craven building is throwing open its doors once again.
Marsden Old Hall in Nelson is within the 11.5 hectare Marsden Park and has undergone extensive renovation as part of a £1.8m programme for the park, funded by Pendle District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Now it's completed, the Old Hall is the jewel in the crown of the whole Marsden Park restoration project
Ann Kerrigan - Pendle Councillor
The newly refurbished Old Hall, which dates back to around 1560, is home to the Council's new team of Park Keepers. From within special teaching rooms in the building, the Park Keepers will teach school groups and run nature workshops and demonstrations for visitors to the park.
The Old Hall is also the new base for the Parks Friends and Parks Forum groups, who can use meeting rooms, and have access to computers and the internet to help them with their work.
Inside the Old Hall, there's also a refreshment area for parks visitors and public toilets, including a disabled toilet and a parents' room.
Coun Ann Kerrigan, Executive Member for Parks and Recreation, said: "Now it's completed, the Old Hall is the jewel in the crown of the whole Marsden Park restoration project.
"It really has been restored to its former glory and I'm delighted to be officially reopening it to the public."
Groups or schools interested in workshops and demonstrations running in the Old Hall should call 01282 661600 or 661611.