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Friday, 18 February 2011

History of Wallington Hall

Wallington Hall is a Grade 1 Listed Building and it has been owned by the National Trust since 1942. It continues to be one of the most popular properties in Northumberland.

Rear of House, north elevation.
The first building appeared on the site at Wallington some 700 years ago. It was a heavily fortified Pele tower, home to the Fenwick family which was part of the Border Reiver clans.

There were additions to the Pele tower in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.

The first country house was built in 1688 and the original ground floor of the Pele tower formed the cellars of the present building.

The cellars have thick stone walls, vaulted ceilings and stone flagged floors. The narrow windows, passageways and doorways are all perfectly preserved.

House entrance, east elevation.
The house was built in 1688 for Sir William Blackett. It was remodelled in 1735-1745 probably by Daniel Garrett for Sir Walter Calverley Blackett. The House passed to the Trevelyan Family in 1777.

Trevelyan Coat of Arms on south elevation.
The Central courtyard was roofed over and converted into the now Central Hall in 1853 and 1854.

Central Hall.
West elevation.

1 comment:

  1. I visited Wallington when I was a little girl and recorded in my diary that there was a "particularly undesirable legend" associated with the house. I'm intrigued to know what, as I can't remember, and I can't find anything on the web about it. I seem to recall it had something to do with an eighteenth century lady called Blackett depicted in a portrait which hung in the room with the dollshouses, who met an untimely end. Can anyone shed any light on this for me?