A brand-new art installation will tell a 16th century tale of love beyond the grave at Samlesbury Hall in February 2024.

Lancashire’s most haunted hall will celebrate the season of love this February with an art installation presenting the tragic tale of two 16th century star-crossed lovers between February 1st and 29th 2024.

Three rooms at the Hall will feature a fictional series of hand-written ‘love letters’ between Lady Dorothea Southworth and her lover Richard De Hoghton.  The installation is inspired by the famous Lancashire story of two religiously opposed families whose respective daughter and son met secretly during an era of religious persecution.

The letters, plus trinkets illustrating the tale, will be presented in vintage display cases which were recently discovered in the attic at Samlesbury Hall, and it is hoped this free exhibit will draw visitors this Valentines season.

Sharon Jones, Director of Samlesbury Hall said “the tale of Lady Dorothea Southworth and Richard De Hoghton is hotly contested by some, but the story itself is part of our history and this new installation will present the tale is a way which we hope visitors will find intriguing.”

Love Never Dies… will be installed at the Hall between 1st and 29th February 2024.  Admission is free, donations are welcome.  There is no need to book, just turn up.  Please check the website for exact dates and times at