Morpeth Journals

Wonderful Wallington

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A travel journal to Morpeth by MichaelJM

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Wallington House

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Attraction | "The four dragons of Wallington"

Wallington House Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Having stretched our legs on the riverside walk (see separate review) and rested with a cup of tea at the garden kiosk we were now ready to explore the rest of the garden at Wallington. We’re fascinated with walled gardens as it seems that people with large estates always craved for the enclosed space of a small garden whereas the majority of people living in small cramped spaces would have given their all for the vastness of the country estate. I guess that’s why, in Victorian England we saw the development of arboretums and public parks.Wallington’s walled garden was a mass of colour at the time of our visit and around every corner was another attraction. There was a lion wal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2011

Wallington House
Newcas
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Wallington House

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Attraction | "This house spans the generations"

Wallington House Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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The study at Wallington is a bright and homely place, with a low level fire surround decorated with tiles set against a marble frame, floral wallpaper and a floral carpet. You would expect this to be overly floral but it’s such a tall ceiling and the wall are adorned with portraits and landscape paintings that your eyes are not too bombarded by the fussiness of the soft furnishings. Leaving the study we next head for the house’s library. This is a much more formal room that is out to impress. It’s only been a library since 1853 (before that it was the drawing room) and it was at this time that the Trevelyans were prolific writers, but it was the era in which books indicated wealth as well...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2011

Wallington House
Newcas
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Wallington House

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Attraction | "A walk around the grounds"

Wallington House Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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We started off our visit to Wallington Hall by strolling around the gardens. In fairness the grounds are so extensive that you could spend a day just following the directions in the "walk leaflets" that are available on site. I guess you could walk for miles and still not capture all the available sights around the estate. Apparently visitors travel for miles just to call in on Wallington’s farm shop, which is by far the largest of its type hosted by National Trust properties. Here there’s a wide range of local produce including, meat, game, organic flour, baked goods, and the famous smoked Craster salmon. We did check it out but weren’t in the market for purchasing farm products – we were...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2011

Wallington House
Newcas
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Wallington House

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Attraction | "The Central Hall"

Wallington House Photo, Northumberland, England
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Wallington Hall has been a family home since 1688 when the Blackett and Trevelyan families purchased it from the impoverished Fenwick family who had owned the estate since 1475. It’s had some major face lifts over the time and having had the first rebuild for Sir William Blackett at the point of purchase. It was substantially rebuilt again, in a Palladian Style (classic temple pillared architecture) for Sir Walter Blackett before it was passed, on his death in 1777, to the Trevelyan family into which family his sister had married. It then remained in the ownership of the family until it was taken over by the National Trust in 1941This 17th century Palladian mansion doesn’t look too much fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2011

Wallington House
Newcas
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Wallington House

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Attraction | "Houses with a house"

Wallington House Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Within Wallington is a display of exquisite doll’s houses but the one that takes everyone’s attention is a whopper of a house. It measures nine feet long and three and a half feet in height and width. The house dates back to 1886, was discovered in an attic room in Yorkshire and donated, with all its contents to Wallington in 1970. It’s been called the Hammond House because the name Ruby Hammond was found embroidered on a miniature towel and inscribed in an equally small book. Some historians suggest that it might have been linked to the Hull department store but there is no firm evidence to its pedigree.The outside of the house was covered with red brick paper but this has been recovered ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2011

Wallington House
Newcas
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England