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Lady Waterford Hall


Lady Waterford Hall is located in Ford in Northumberland. The building was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, the Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. It was the village school until 1957. Lady Waterford was an artist, associated with John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She spent 21 years decorating the interior of the Hall with Biblical scenes, as a teaching aid for pupils.[1] The building is now the village hall, and a visitor attraction. The Hall is Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.

Lady Waterford Hall is the former village school of the estate village of Ford, Northumberland. It is now used as the village hall and is Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.

The hall was built as a school in 1860 by Louisa Beresford, Marchioness of Waterford, who inherited the village after the death of her husband. It is constructed in a Tudor style of stone with a slate roof. The 9-bay roof is supported by scissor braces.

The interior walls are decorated throughout with murals on biblical themes painted by Lady Louisa herself, a gifted amateur artist, using the schoolchildren and local villagers as models. They were painted over a 20-year period on paper and affixed to the walls. At the east end is a large "Jesus in the midst of the doctors" and at the west end a large "Suffer little children to come unto me".

It was used as a school until 1957 and at its peak housed 134 children. Now used as a village hall, it is available for hire, but otherwise open to view from 10.30 a.m.

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Ford Grade II* Listed Historic Buildings and Monuments in Ford CP 1860
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- Official Website of the Hall (Ford & Etal Estates) "This inspiring building was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. It was the village ...

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- "Former village school. 1860 for the Marchioness of Waterford. Snecked stone with ashlar dressings. Roof has bands of Lakeland and Welsh slate roof. Tudor style. Single storey, 6 bays.... the ...

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List number: 1042153
List grade: 2*
Wikipedia: Lady Waterford Hall
County: Northumberland
Grid ref: NT9471337597
Post code: TD15 2QG

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