14 Feb
The art of thatching a roof

All the roofs in Etal were once thatched and very picturesque they were too. The downside was the ever-present risk of the thatch catching alight – the open fires and stoves needed for heating and cooking perilously sent sparks up and out of the chimneys. For this reason tiled roofs began to replace thatch at […]

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31 Mar
Vacancy at Ford & Etal Estates

Heritage Curator Ford & Etal Estates lies in the valley of the River Till on the English/Scottish border and has a rich history. The Estates is home to a number of heritage attractions including two accredited museums and the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum. This role will take the lead in maintaining the Estates’ heritage profile from […]

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18 Jan
Vacancy at Lady Waterford Hall

Lady Waterford Hall Manager This is an exciting post working in a beautiful heritage museum with the opportunity to develop the retail and events areas while managing the day to day operations. Lady Waterford Hall is a heritage museum located in the village of Ford in North Northumberland. The Hall which houses the large murals […]

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06 Jun
Platinum Jubilee Beacon

On Thursday June 2nd, a beacon was lit at Watchlaw, forming part of the national chain of beacons to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. This was one of 1500 beacons across the nation. Visibility from the site at Watchlaw was excellent and beacons at Berwick-upon-Tweed and Coldstream could be seen. This historic event, […]

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09 May
The Louisa Waterford Prize

Furniture maker Rob Elliot, from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, is the first-ever winner of the Louisa Waterford Prize.  His stunning Flow Desk and Chair installation was unanimously selected for the 2022 Prize. The multi-disciplinary work of the 24 finalists was exhibited at Lady Waterford Hall over three days in early May. Winner Rob Elliot […]

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05 May
New Acquisition at Lady Waterford Hall

Thanks to a generous donation, Lady Waterford Hall has been able to purchase a stunning portrait of Louisa, Lady Waterford, by James Rannie Swinton commissioned in 1851. Swinton (1816 – 1888) was born in Berwickshire and studied at Edinburgh’s Trustees’ Academy before being enrolled in the Royal Academy in London in 1840. He soon became […]

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11 Apr
FitzClarence Gates Away for Conservation

The FitzClarence gates at Letham Hill were commissioned by Lady Augusta FitzClarence, owner of Etal Manor from 1821 to 1876, as a surprise for her husband Lord Frederick FitzClarence, Lieutenant-General in the British army and an illegitimate son of King William IV. Sadly, Lord FitzClarence did not see this gift as he succumbed to illness […]

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03 Dec
Storm Arwen

Our teams are working extremely hard to clear the damage from Storm Arwen but it may take some time to get to every part of Ford & Etal Estates. Please take care when walking on footpaths on and around the Estates and look out for paths damaged by falling trees.

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