The Netherby Hall Restoration Project
Margo and Gerald Smith, the owners of Netherby Hall, are undertaking a major project beginning with putting the fabric of this important building back into good order.
If settlements could talk, Netherby Hall would have a fascinating story to tell - records show it has been occupied for at least 2,000 years.
By AD80 the Romans were probably using the site as a base but it was not uncommon for the forces of the greatest empire in the world at the time, to take over places long used by local people.
With it’s pleasant site above the River Esk and flat lands that could have been cleared of trees for agriculture, it’s quite possible, perhaps even probable, Netherby Hall sits on ground that had been settled perhaps hundreds of years before Julius Caeser cast his eyes on our “tin islands”.
"Hopefully what we are starting in a corner of North East Cumbria today will inspire others to appreciate the value of preserving historic buildings in a way that involves them continue to function for the purpose for which they were constructed."
One of the attractions of Netherby Hall for me when we bought it a few years ago was the chance to take a stand against this well-meaning destruction of our past.
Included in the plans for the stables is a meeting room to accommodate pre-booked parties coming to learn about the how the stables of great houses such as Netherby Hall work. "
Work on the Walled Garden
Guests at Netherby Hall will witness a working stables with carriages being driven as well as being able to see the restored Walled Garden which supplies Pentonbridge Inn and, if we manage to exclude the deer that are currently eating everything, hopefully in future also the restored grounds.
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