Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:54

Lady Waterford Hall - Private Functions

Lady Waterford Hall will be closed for private functions on Wednesday 21st June from 1pm (open as usual Thursday 22nd June)

For a small building, Horseshoe Forge in Ford Village can take quite some time to explore. Its unusual horseshoe-shaped entrance makes it one of the most photographed buildings on Ford & Etal Estates, and once inside it’s a cornucopia of all things vintage and collectable – including a huge selection of rare and antiquarian books, with expert John Marrin on hand to offer advice and valuations.

Friday, 09 June 2017 15:31

Record Turnout for Dawn Chorus Walk

Report by Lord Joicey

The 24th North Northumberland Bird Club Dawn Chorus Walk this year took place on Sunday 14th May, starting from Slainsfield, and there was a record turn-out of 27 members when we saw and heard a record number of 53 species.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:28

Arts & Crafts at Lady Waterford Hall

Until 1st July work by the very talented Judith Bellamy, of Old Lace & Roses, is on display in the Artists' Cabinet at Lady Waterford Hall in Ford.  

Having recently acquired a Robinsons Flour Dressing machine from Offley Mill in Staffordshire, Heatherslaw Cornmill is delighted to announce the launch of a new flour to add to its existing baking range .  “Heatherslaw Malt” is made by blending wholewheat and the dressed flour, both traditionally milled at Heatherslaw, and adding malted wheat flakes from Silvery Tweed in Berwick. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:29

Handmade at Heatherslaw

After twenty years away from North Northumberland, husband and wife John and Lorna Speight have returned to their roots and are operating their individual businesses from the old Drying Kiln at Heatherslaw Mill, on the Ford & Etal Estates, with a little bit of help from Billy their dog.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:14

Crafts and Colouring at Lady Waterford Hall

With “colouring in” being more popular than ever among both adults and children, local illustrator and print maker Imogen Aitchison has worked with Lady Joicey over the winter months to design a new book inspired by the stunning 19th century murals painted by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, on display in the Lady Waterford Hall, Ford.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:52

Pearls for Millers

Heatherslaw Cornmill played host to the Annual General Meeting of The Traditional Cornmillers Guild on 18th March, with traditional Wind and Watermillers from across the country travelling to Northumberland. To make the day a unique experience Head Miller Dave, along with mill volunteer Tom Hammill, were able to demonstrate the operation of the unusual Pearl Barley mill at the site. Dave explained ‘This is equipment that is not normally operated when we are open to the public because, as well as being incredibly noisy with a stone rotating at over 150 turns per minute, it also creates a lot of dust. We decided to run the equipment with a full load for what we believe to be the first time since the 1950s as it is something that even many experienced millers have not had the chance to see before.’

Friday, 20 January 2017 10:20

The Black Bull, Etal

An enthusiastic and entrepreneurial tenant is sought for the Black Bull, famous for being the only thatched pub in Northumberland.

Following several decades of being let to a pub chain the Black Bull has now been returned to Ford & Etal Estates, giving the opportunity for renovation and refurbishment to create a venue which will be at the centre of the local community as well as attracting visitors from further afield.

Prospective tenants are invited in the first instance to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Savills, Wooler (tel 01668 280820).

Deadline for tenders will be 20th March 2017.

Saturday, 17 December 2016 10:40

"Searching for Spring" - February Half Term

Lots of activities for  half-term when Heatherslaw Light Railway, Heatherslaw Cornmill, Lady Waterford Hall and Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre are all open from 20th-24th February.  More details to follow - but the good news is...kids go free at Heatherslaw Cornmill and Lady Waterford Hall.

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