Delve into the History of Seaton Delaval Hall

A great narrative has been weaved into the history of our special place. Discover the white lady, learn about the great fire and read the memories of those who have a connection with our great place.

A traditional family portrait of the Delavals Seaton Delaval Hall

The gay Delavals

The Delavals were a fun-loving and outrageous family, who became notorious for playing pranks and practical jokes.

The estate gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall with manicured lawns

Seaton Delaval Hall and Sir John Vanbrugh

There is much more to Seaton Delaval Hall's estate gardens than meet the eye, here, assistant gardener Chris Brock tell of Sir John Vanbrugh's vision.

Visitor looking out of a window at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland.

The White Lady of Seaton Delaval Hall

Locals say that the ghost of a 'White Lady' haunts Seaton Delaval Hall.

A painting showing Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Delve into our history 

The history of Seaton Delaval Hall spans a thousand years. Discover the story of this special place and the families that once called it their home...

Part of the central block, gutted by fire in 1822, at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Delve into the History of Seaton Delaval Hall

In 1822, Seaton Delaval Hall was badly damaged by fire. Despite the fire, the exterior of the hall is still a perfect example of English Baroque at its best.

The empty stables at Seaton Delaval Hall

The revival of Seaton Delaval Hall

Undoubtedly the most significant figure in the revival of Seaton Delaval Hall was the late 22nd Lord Hastings. Under his direction, the fabric was restored and collections reassembled. New life was given to the gardens and public access offered for the first time.

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Memories of life at Seaton Delaval Hall

By the time of World War II, Seaton Delaval Hall had not been inhabited by its owners for many decades. There were, however, residents on the estate including Joan Douglas, who tells us about her childhood at the hall.