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David Ford, History EditorTours > Coquetdale > Cragside

Cragside
One mile east of Rothbury

Cragside This superb English Country House was built for the Newcastle industrialist, Lord Armstrong, in the late 19th century. It stands Rhineland castle-like on a crag of rock protruding above the 'Thrum,' a beautiful wooded gorge, now part of a 1400 acre estate planted everywhere with delightful trees and shrubs. There are forty miles of drives and footpaths to explore!

The house itself is open to the public for most of the year. It is an extraordinary building built for modern convenient living, as it was at that time. It has Turkish-style baths and was one of the first houses to have electric lights - powered hydroelectrically by Lord Armstrong's intricate system of lakes and pipework. There were even hydraulic lifts and a hydraulic spit in the kitchen. You can explore over thirty rooms.

The site is owned and run by the National Trust. There is an entry fee, though Free admission to members.

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