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Lady Waterford Hall

Inside the Lady Waterford Hall Inside the Lady Waterford Hall

Welcome to the Lady Waterford Hall!

This inspiring building was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. It was the village school until 1957 and in its heyday had as many as 134 local children on the register. Now used as the village hall (available to hire for private functions) it is much more besides and really is a ‘must see’ on a visit to North Northumberland.

Lady Waterford was a keen English artist associated with John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite movement and spent 21 years decorating the interior of the Hall with stunning Biblical scenes as a teaching aid for pupils. Many of the children and other villagers were used as models and can be clearly seen on the walls. Louisa Waterford is now recognised as one of the most interesting and gifted artists of her time and many of her original smaller artworks are displayed in the Hall, as well as a display from her sketchbooks. Come and discover Louisa’s masterpiece for yourself at the Lady Waterford Hall.

Family activities are available for all ages: Museum Detective trail, word searches and anagrams, Victoriana books and games on display, and more.

Groups (of 11+ people) are always welcome and special rates are available, please contact us for more information.


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  • "What an inspiring woman!"

Geoff Bavidge
Lady Waterford Hall
Ford Village
TD15 2QG
07790 457580 (during opening times) / 07971 326177 / 01890 820338 (Visitor centre)
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Open daily 20th March - 30 October 2016.
20th - 25th March 11am-3pm
Easter Saturday - end September 10am-4pm (will remain open until 5pm subject to visitor demand).
October 11am-4pm.
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Winter visits by prior arrangement. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions – please check website news or telephone before travelling.

Adults £3.00

Concs. £2.70

Family (2 adults + 3 children) £8.00

U5's free

**Joint tickets for entry to Lady Waterford Hall and Heatherslaw Mill available offering a small discount on normal admission charge**

Max cards welcome. Group rates available.

Toilets and baby change (disabled but not wheelchair accessible; fully accessible toilets available nearby in village)

Hall is at ground floor level and wheelchair accessible

Small gift shop

Village shops and tea rooms

Post Office (refreshments available on the patio in summer months)

Picnic area in the village

Free parking




Education at the Lady Waterford Hall


Contact us at Lady Waterford Hall