The iconic Hoghton Tower barn will be turned into a wedding venue

A Grade I listed barn in one of Lancashire’s most iconic buildings is to be turned into a wedding venue.

Lucky couples will soon have the chance to get married at Great Barn in Hoghton Tower under plans approved by Chorley Council.

The Hoghton Tower already hosts weddings, but plans will see an additional venue added while helping to secure the future of a historically significant building. Without the additional revenue and purpose, its owners may not have been able to fund the long-term repair or maintenance of the building and the plans have been welcomed by Historic England.

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Weddings in the barn have become increasingly popular in recent years and initially the plan calls for ceremonies to be held in a large marquee inside the barn. If this venture proves viable, further work will be carried out to enable the barn itself to host the events, including the installation of permanent catering facilities.

A planning application for repair work and change of use has been approved by Chorley Council and will also see the outbuildings repaired and converted for uses which may include shops, food and drink or offices.

The first stage of work will be the removal of the recently added first floor, allowing the internal roof structure at the west end of the building to be properly seen for the first time in many years.

A report submitted with the application indicates that the building has been lightly used for some time.

He says: “As a background, the Great Barn and its outbuildings have been an underutilized resource for many years, only being used occasionally for Farmers’ Markets (once a month) and for storage. The de Hoghton family are very conscious of their role as custodians of heritage assets and have sought for several years to identify potential uses for the Great Barn.

“As part of this process, the family has seen the growing demand for high quality wedding venues to service the vast catchment area around Hoghton Tower. The tower itself has been used for weddings for a number of years and these will likely continue anyway.

Hoghton Tower

“However, the family believe the large barn represents an opportunity to increase the ‘marriage supply’ at Hoghton Tower, bringing in much needed additional income which will enable a phased program of repair and replacement to be implemented at the big barn.”

As a Grade I listed building, the Great Barn is considered one of the most important heritage assets in the Borough of Chorley, but was in danger of falling into disrepair without further use.

The report continued: “The proposed use of the large barn as a wedding venue and the use of the outbuildings for ancillary wedding venue activities or requested flexible uses are a key part of the proposals. Without a viable and beneficial use of the building, the claimants will not be able to meet the very significant costs associated with repair and rehabilitation works or ensure the maintenance of the buildings in the long term.

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