NZ4250 : The rear of Seaham Hall Hotel

taken 8 years ago, near to Seaham, County Durham, Great Britain

The rear of Seaham Hall Hotel
The rear of Seaham Hall Hotel
A country house built in 1791-2 for Sir Ralph Milbanke with 1861 additions by Lewis Vulliamy for Frances, Lady Londonderry. Anne Isabella Milbanke, was married at Seaham Hall to Lord Byron on 2 January 1815. Byron began writing his Hebrew Melodies at Seaham and they were published in April 1815. It would seem that Byron was bored in wintry Seaham, though the sea enthralled him. As he wrote in a letter to a friend: “Upon this dreary coast we have nothing but county meetings and shipwrecks; and I have this day dined upon fish, which probably dined upon the crews of several colliers lost in the late gales. But I saw the sea once more in all the glories of surf and foam" LinkExternal link
It is now a luxury hotel and spa.
Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall was the home of two very important families both locally and nationally, the Millbankes and the Londonderrys LinkExternal link

The Hall was built by Sir Ralph Milbanke, a Whig MP and Baronet, in 1792. His daughter, Anne Isabella LinkExternal link married the poet, Lord Byron in the Hall in 1815. Byron is said to have written 'The Siege of Corinth' and part of 'The Hebrew Melodies' there and the village road is still known as 'Lord Byron's Walk' LinkExternal link. The marriage was not a happy one and ended within a year. His unfortunate wife was later ridiculed in one of Byron's poems as 'Lady Millpond'.

Byron does not seem to have enjoyed his time at Seaham. In a letter to a friend, he complained; 'Upon this dreary coast we have nothing but county meetings and shipwrecks; and I have this day dined upon fish, which probably dined upon the crews of several colliers lost in the late gales' LinkExternal link

The estates of Seaham and Dalden were sold to Lord Charles Stewart, the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. Together with his coal heiress wife, Frances Anne Vane Tempest LinkExternal link he developed the port at Seaham Harbour with rail connections to the coal mines. It was designed to rival Sunderland.
In 1922, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry deserted the Hall and gave it to Durham County Council who used it as a hospital until 1978. Its later use as a private nursing home ended in 1995.

Seaham Hall along with its 'Serenity Spa' is now a luxury five star hotel LinkExternal link

For more details see the Seaham history site LinkExternal link
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Friday, 9 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 11 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4208 5046 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:50.8312N 1:20.7723W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4207 5046
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