East Lancashire's historic architecture earmarked for leading role

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THE jewels in the crown of East Lancashire’s historic architecture could soon find fame on the big screen.

It comes as places like Towneley Hall, in Burnley and the Haworth Museum and Art Gallery, in Accrington, were added to a database for location scouts working for TV and film companies.

Blackburn Art Gallery, Turton Tower, The Whitaker, in Rawtenstall and Gawthorpe Hall, in Padiham, have also been added to the list, which gives details about locations ranging from traditional terraced houses to the grandest of country mansions or castles.

The news comes as it was announced that movie making added around £1million to Lancashire’s economy last year.

Among the buildings that have already graced our screens are Queen Street Mill, in Burnley, which appeared in Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, and Helmshore Mills, which was featured in Sharpe TV series.

Chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, Ruth Connor, together with Creative England are working together to help raise the profile of the unique and photogenic locations and venues available for film makers to use in East Lancashire.

She said: “Filming in Lancashire has added around £1million to the local economy in the last year and we’d like to see that increasing year on year. Films such as The King’s Speech had a tangible impact on visitor numbers and, even years after their screening, we continue to arrange media trips for journalists from as far afield as New Zealand and to secure good PR on the back of them. We have so much to offer. We’d like much more filming to take place in the county and by adding to this useful database, we hope to open many more opportunities for all kinds of attractions across Lancashire.”

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