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Historic hall off 'at risk' list
Worden Old Hall
The hall once belonged to the Farrington family
A 16th Century grade II listed hall in Lancashire has been taken off English Heritage's at risk register following a 750,000 restoration.

Worden Old Hall in Chorley, which used to belong to the Farrington family, is located on the former Royal Ordnance factory site and was built in 1538.

The brownfield site was sold to housing developers provided they restored the old hall.

More than 140 buildings in the North West appear on the register.

Private dwelling

The Chorley listed building has been turned into a six bedroom family home but retains many of its original features.

"Worden Old Hall is a good example of a building that can be saved as a result of taking advantage of an opportunity," Henry Owen-John from English Heritage said.

"With the closure of the Ordnance Factory efforts were made to have the hall restored as a private dwelling as part of the major regeneration scheme for the site."

Many of the buildings that appear on the register will cost more to restore than they are worth he added.

The Royal Insurance building in Liverpool, Old Hall in Sandbach, Lower Burgh Hall in Chorley and Crimble Mill in Rochdale are just some of the other buildings that feature in the register.

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