Venture to the ground floor and enter the grand old Hall

Occupied for centuries, Washington Old Hall has many tales to tell.

What's in the Hall?

The ground floor presents a home in the 17th century when Washington was in the hands of the James family. It was bought by Bishop William James in 1613 and lived in by his grandson William. There were extensive renovations made to the hall during this time and was most likely at its grandest when this work was completed.

In the Great hall, kitchen and panelled room you can now see some beautiful examples of carved oak furniture and a precious collection of delft ware spanning three centuries.

The hall is probably best known for being the ancestral home of George Washington as it was from right here that the Washington family (previously Hartburn family) took their name at the end of the 12th-century.

Often a surprise to visitors on the first floor you will find No. 5 The Old Hall, a recreation of the home of the Bone family. From the second half or the 1800s right up until 1933 the hall became home to up to nine families. If you visit in the morning you may even be lucky enough to meet Mr Stanley Bone who was born in that very room.

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1956 Before and After

Celebrating 60 years with the National Trust. Its hard to believe it was only in the 1930s that the hall was saved from demolition thanks to the forethought and tenacity of local school master Fred Hill. A new exhibition traces events before and after the hall was entrusted to the National Trust in 1956.