The fight to save an historic hall from crumbling to the ground has entered a new phase.

The once grand Hopwood Hall in Middleton was a family home for centuries, before it fell into a precarious state after being left empty and ravaged by the elements.

But work to save the hall, which once welcomed Lord Byron as a guest and features a ceiling designed by Arts and Crafts architect Edgar Wood, is well underway.

Now Lancashire based Rosslee Construction has been appointed to carry out the second phase of emergency repair work, to stabilise the hall and make it wind and watertight.

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