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Seaton Delaval Hall

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This Hall on the North-East coast, was build for the Delaval family in the early 1700s. Its architect was Sir John Vanbrugh, who was also responsible for Blenheim Palace. The style of the building is English Baroque, and it consists of a main, central entrance block with a large wing to each side.       

Seaton Delaval Hall

It was the central block that was gutted by fire in 1822. Since then the state rooms have never been restored fully, so this part of the hall is largely a shell. However the original carved fireplace and ceiling decorations can still be seen. The first floor of the building displays letters and documents belonging to the Delavals that go back hundreds of years, some of which are from past kings and queens. 

The West wing is furnished, and still used by the family. Outbuildings such as the ice house and coach house are of interest, with several old vehicles being housed there. 

Seaton Delaval Hall has fine formal gardens. Features include an enormous 270 year old willow tree, a maze, goldfish pond and lawned areas. There is a summerhouse which sells drinks and cakes,  allowing guests to sit in the gardens and relax on a fine day.  

A domed mausoleum is located in the gardens, erected to Lord Delaval's son who died in 1775, as a result of 'being kicked in a vital organ by a laundry maid to whom he was paying his addresses'. Another interesting attraction in the gardens is the ancient chapel of Our Lady.  

An old manor was demolished to make way for Seaton Delaval Hall, and this is the only building from the original estate that survived. It features an Anglo-Saxon window and font, and is full of inscriptions and effigies of the Delaval family. There is a ramped entrance for easy access, but access to the first floors of the hall is only via the staircases. The gardens are even, but some assistance may be needed on the gravelled areas. There is a coffee shop in the central block and a gift shop. 

Seaton Delaval Hall is accessible by road, bus and taxi from local train stations. Contact the Hall for the latest routes and timetables. 

Contact Details:
Seaton Delaval Hall,
The Avenue,
Seaton Delaval,
Tyne and Wear,
NE26 4QP
Tel: 0191 2379100 

 


 


 


 

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