£190k Hall work nears completion

REFURBISHMENT work at Oakwell Hall is almost complete. 

In the past few months, £190,000-worth of work has been carried out on the Grade I-listed building, mainly on structural and electrical improvements.

The electrical works included installing 17th-century style ‘period’ lighting and feature lighting effects.

A number of discoveries were made by contractors, including an old doorway, a George III penny and farthing, fragments of a clay pipe and a toothbrush.

Coun Graham Turner, Cabinet member for resources, said: “As well as preparing the museum for the future and protecting and enhancing the Grade I-listed status of Oakwell, the work taking place has unearthed some fascinating bits of history.

“Things lost beneath the floorboards by long-gone guests or residents are always fascinating and help bring the history to life as you imagine what was happening when they ended up there.

The hall is due to re-open on April 8.

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