NZ1265 : Skelton Park Ironstone Pillar, Close House

taken 11 years ago, near to Wylam, Northumberland, Great Britain

Skelton Park Ironstone Pillar, Close House
Skelton Park Ironstone Pillar, Close House
On the right is a pillar of stone from Skelton Park ironstone mine NZ6418. It was originally displayed at the North East Coast Exhibition held in Newcastle Exhibition Park in 1929. It is just under 3m high and was a monument to the iron ore industry in this area.
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Close House
Close House was built in 1779 for the private use of the Bewicke family on the site of an earlier monastic house. The mansion and estate were sold in 1953 and bought for the sum of 13,190 by James Rutherford and Sons who sold it on to Kings College, later the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1960 who had it refurbished in 1994 for 1,000,000.

The University sold the whole Estate to local business man Graham Wylie in 2004 and it reopened as a hotel and golf venue in 2005. LinkExternal link

In March 2014 it was reported that former computing millionaire, Graham Wylie, announced plans to convert Close House Hotel into a private home for his family. He is said to have invested an estimated 50m since buying it from Newcastle University 10 years ago. LinkExternal link
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There is a brief history here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 31 January, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 31 January, 2009
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Geological feature   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 125 657 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.1477N 1:48.3203W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 125 657
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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