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Historic Whitley Bay Building by John Vanbrugh in Northumberland, England, UK

17 Dec 2009

Seaton Delaval Hall News

The National Trust will announce today that Seaton Delaval Hall has been saved for the Northeast and the nation, after 18 months of fundraising.

Culture minister Margaret Hodge will join Fiona Reynolds, director-general of the National Trust at the historic property


Seaton Delaval Hall Campaign

Some of Britain’s leading and best-known architects have joined forces in an attempt to rescue Sir John Vanbrugh’s last masterpiece for the public.

In an open letter published today, Lord Rogers, Will Alsop and Ptolemy Dean join more than 25 prominent architects from across the UK in calling for Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland to be preserved for the public.

In it, they claim that while other Vanbrugh masterpieces such as Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace have become well-loved national treasures, Seaton Delaval is at risk of being forgotten and put up for private sale.

Seaton Delaval Hall Northumberland Seaton Delaval Hall
photographs : Scenic Photos

Calling the hall a ‘landmark of the English Baroque,’ the letter reveals that unless £3 million can be raised by the public, Seaton Delaval is at risk of being sold and turned into a hotel or private accommodation.

‘Quite simply, there is no place like it,’ the letter reads. ‘Designed in 1719, but gutted by fire a century later, the Hall’s ability to captivate and inspire remains clear to all who see it. The grandeur of its stern, coal-stained façade fits its rugged setting on the Northumberland coast perfectly.

Seaton Delaval Hall interior
picture : Christopher Simon Sykes

‘But while Vanbrugh’s other great buildings, Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace, have become well-recognised and well-loved national treasures, Seaton Delaval now stands more vulnerable than ever.’

The letter comes as our campaign to save and shape the future of the hall enters the final 100 days of its campaign.

Designed in 1719, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland was Vanbrugh’s final masterpiece, completed as it was two years after the influential architect and one-time successful playwright died. By then, its patron, diplomat and naval admiral George Delaval, had also died and the house was passed down through the family.

When the 22nd Baron Hastings died last year, his son inherited the hall and approached us in the hope it could buy and protect the property for the public.

Seaton Delaval Hall building
photo : Mike Smith – Northumbria Flying School

Liz Fisher, Area Manager for the National Trust, said:

‘When fire threatened to destroy Seaton Delaval in 1822, 200 villagers turned out to fight the flames – and it is that public spirit that the hall needs again right now.

‘As a country house, it is a forgotten gem of British Architecture and, as such, it is hugely important that it is saved and preserved in a way that the public can enjoy.

‘The National Trust is doing all it can to raise the £6.3 million needed to save the hall, its gardens and landscape. At least £3 million of this is needed from public donations. We have also launched our biggest ever consultation to find out what people would like us to do with the building if we are successful. But we still need more help.

‘For the next 100 days, we as a nation have the opportunity to buy this wonderful hall and protect it for the benefit of generations to come.

‘Without that final £3 million, however, the hall will be sold privately and will almost certainly be lost to the public, possibly forever.’

More info online soon

Seaton Delaval Hall Northumberland information from the National Trust

Address: The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE26 4QR, UK
Phone: +44 191 237 9100

Location: Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE26 4QR, UK

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