Lady Waterford Hall

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This year the sleepy village of Ford celebrates the life and legacy of an extraordinary women: Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, who lived at Ford Castle from 1860 until her death in 1891.

A deeply religious lady and a talented artist, Lady Waterford worked to improve conditions for those who lived and worked on her estate in North Northumberland, employing a nurse to look after their health, re-building homes and commissioning a school (now called the Lady Waterford Hall) for local children.

Her most lasting legacy can be seen inside the Hall. Here stunning life-size watercolour murals adorn the walls along with smaller sketches and paintings by Louisa. The murals, painted over a twenty year period (1862-1883) portray Biblical scenes and have a local feel as the faces portrayed are those of estate workers, the plants and animals depicted being Northumbrian.

As part of the celebrations around Louisa Waterford’s life, throughout the 2018 season the Lady Waterford Hall Trust is running a raffle offering an unique opportunity - the chance to win an original Louisa Waterford watercolour sketch (c. 1840) of a young girl. Tickets are priced at £1.00 and are available exclusively from Lady Waterford Hall. The raffle will be drawn on 31st October 2018.

Over the weekend of 14th and 15th April Ford Castle, Ford Church and Lady Waterford Hall will mark 200 years since Louisa’s birth by hosting an ‘Open Weekend’ with exhibitions, tours and talks about her fascinating life. There is also a celebration ceilidh in the Lady Waterford Hall on the evening of 14th April.

A schools art competition is also taking place with work being exhibited at the Watchtower in Berwick from 26th May to 8th June.

During the winter the facilities at Lady Waterford Hall have undergone major refurbishment with a new storage room, a catering-standard kitchen and new toilets, including a fully accessible WC, being installed. These new features alongside the unique and beautiful main Hall will help to make the building a very desirable venue to hire for events, wedding receptions etc. Enquiries about hire should be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Hall will re-open to the public daily season from 28th March. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone 01890 820338.

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