Plans for old hall

PROPOSALS for an historic West Lindsey manor house could see couples tie the knot in its medieval setting.

A partnership comprising Lincolnshire County Council, English Heritage, the Friends of the Old Hall Association and West Lindsey District Council have developed proposals for Gainsborough Old Hall, which will include the introduction of a new civil ceremony service.

A spokesman for the partnership said: “This development will mark the start of a new chapter in the history of the Old Hall.

“We are sure the idea of being married in such beautiful and historic surroundings will appeal to many couples.

“The Old Hall has certainly stood the test of time – hopefully, this will inspire the marriages made there to do so too.

“We’ll also be creating a new gift shop and cafe to further improve the visitor experience for the thousands of people who come here each year.”

If plans are approved, the scheme will be delivered in winter 2011, ready for a spring reopening in 2012, while civil ceremonies will be available from summer 2012.