As one nineteenth century writer noted, the glamour in which the skill of Harrison Ainsworth has woven around Ordsall Hall, making it the resort of Guy Fawkes and his co conspirators gives it a strange hold on the imagination. “Though much gone to decay, grievously neglected and divided into three separate houses”, wrote Ainsworth, back in 1841,” it still retains much of its original character and beauty and viewed at the magic hour, against a warm and still glowing western…

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