The story of Seaton Delaval Hall is one of contrasts and extremes. A tale that encompasses close to 1,000 years of riches and ruin, beauty and decay. Central to its story are ‘The Gay Delavals’, a generation of the family known for raucous parties, theatrical flair and scandalous affairs.
Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, Seaton Delaval Hall suffered catastrophic damage in a fire that raged so fiercely that it was mistaken for a sunset by sailors in Whitley Bay. The building was abandoned and lay in ruins for many years before John Dobson, of Newcastle railway station fame, was commissioned to re-roof the hall.
Seaton Delaval Hall is now entering a new phase of its dramatic story. A programme of transformation known as the Curtain Rises project is taking place, and this guide will take you behind the scenes of the work that is being undertaken.
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