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25 Aug
The new Stickley Hamilton Collection, Lady Waterford Hall

It may be difficult to imagine the circumstances under which Lady Louisa found herself moving to Ford in 1859; recently widowed and childless through fate rather than will, Louisa nonetheless lost no time in commissioning the construction of the school for the benefit of the children whose parents lived and worked on the estate. Her […]

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31 Mar
Forest Bathing beside the River Till at Etal

Now more than ever it seems we are being asked to remember how vital nature and the natural world is to our physical and mental well-being. Being in such a beautiful part of the world means we don’t have to go far off the beaten track to find beauty, peace and tranquillity; I can think […]

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06 Apr
BBC Appeal Reaps Heavyweight Reward

A new pair of millstones has been fitted at Heatherslaw Corn Mill after a successful appeal on BBC News online and BBC Look North. The stones, which weigh over a ton each, were gifted by ADM Milling in West Yorkshire after John Murphy, who heard the BBC appeal, connected Heatherslaw Corn Mill with Richard Waring […]

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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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24 Nov
The FitzClarence Gates are back

The FitzClarence gates at Letham Hill have been reinstalled at Etal Manor after a six month absence for essential restoration work. Ollie Green, of Kelsey Metal Work in Greenlaw, undertook the restoration work as the gates had suffered considerable wear and tear; they were first installed some two hundred years ago. The gates were commissioned […]

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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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