Cragside House and Garden, Northumberland
Cragside House and Garden, Morpeth
This evening, I am focusing on Cragside House & Gardens near Morpeth in Northumberland,N.E. England.
This was Britain's first 'smart home', a Victorian mansion illuminated by hydro-electricity and powered by hydraulics. An impressive Arts & Crafts house which was designed for modern living and efficiency.The interior is open to the public.
William George Armstrong (1810-1900) was a visionary inventor, engineer and businessman. He owned the Elswick Works in Newcatle upon Tyne which at its peak employed more than 25,000 people.The business manufactured hydraulic cranes, ships and armaments. Armstrong is also connected with Bamburgh Castle on the coast of Northumberland.
Lady Armstrong had a keen interest in gardening, flora and fauna. she was responsible for much of Cragside's landscape design. Her vision transformed the site into a woodland of over seven million trees, including the Pinetum and the colourful Formal Garden.
Piunetum: This is a towering collection of non-native trees which were planted to recreate a north American forest landscape.
Formal Garden: This covers a three acre, south facing site which overlooks the Coquet Valley. This garden is arranged over three levels.
Colourful flower display
Facilities for visitors
The house is surrounded by many acres of garden and parkland with 40 miles of footpaths providing access to:
- Childrens' play areas.
- Fitness trails.
- A Pinetum
- Formal Garden.
- Iron Bridge.
- Rhododendron forest.
- Visitor Centre and refreshments.