No trip to Northumberland is complete without a visit to Ford & Etal Estates…
The history of Ford & Etal dates back not hundreds, but thousands of years. Settlements at nearby Maelmin as well as Duddo Stone Circle provide evidence that people have lived in this area for over 4000 years. Down through the centuries, life at Ford & Etal has been far from uneventful. Here you will find tales of battles lost and won, curses, murder, betrayal, raiding, grief, long-held enmity, but also of love, family, hope and peace.
Walk in the footsteps of a king at Flodden Battlefield, learn the story of a truly unique Victorian woman at the Lady Waterford Hall, explore the industrial heartland of the Estates at Ford Moss Colliery, relive a turbulent medieval past at Etal Castle and discover the life of a miller at Heatherslaw Corn Mill, in operation at this site for over 700 years – and counting! Whether you’re interested in Tudors, industry, architecture, Border warfare, medieval life or herstory, we’ve got something for you.
As you explore the sites here at Ford & Etal, you might find yourself seeking answers from the past. Did St Cuthbert pass through the settlements here on his way to Lindisfarne? Why did James IV delay at Ford Castle, probably costing him his life? These and many more, we can never hope to answer. But one thing is certain: the history of Ford & Etal Estates awaits you, discover it for yourself.
For any enquiries about the history of the estates, please don’t hesitate to contact Heritage Curator Vicky Smith-Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Royal visits to murderous deeds: find out what has happened at Ford & Etal over the centuries.Explore Timeline