NZ0255 : Giant Redwoods, Minsteracres

taken 4 years ago, near to Minsteracres, Northumberland, Great Britain

Giant Redwoods, Minsteracres
Giant Redwoods, Minsteracres
Minsteracres Monastery
Minsteracres was the former residence of the Silvertop family, built on a hilltop site approached from the north up a long avenue of Giant Redwood trees.

The Silvertops were devout Catholics, persecuted for their faith, who made their fortune from control of coal mines in the Ryton and Chopwell areas. The original L-shaped house dates from 1758. A second floor was added under the stewardship of John Silvertop (1748-1801) who inherited the estate in 1789. Subsequent large additions followed, including an extension designed by John Dobson.

On John Silvertopís death the estate was inherited by his son George who travelled widely, bringing back exotic plants and trees for the grounds, and works of art for the house. On his death in 1849 the estate passed to his nephew Henry Charles Englefield, who took the surname, Silvertop. He build a private chapel adjacent to the mansion, which was to become the parish church for the local Catholic community, dedicated to St Elizabeth and opened in 1854.

His heirs all died young, several in the Great War. Minsteracres was used during the Second World War as a base for fire service training and shortly after, Charles Arthur Silvertop sold the house, church, stables and 60 acres of land for use as a Passionist Monastery. The remainder of the estate, including 15 farms, cottages and 5,000 acres of land was sold to Tyneside industrialist Charles Cookson.

Friar Colum Devine of the Passionist Order, with the help of local volunteers, transformed Minsteracres into a monastery, and the derelict stables and coach house into a retreat centre which opened in 1967.

Minsteracres: Peaceful retreat marks 250 years - Hexham Courant, Tuesday 17 February 2015: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 10 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 11 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Roads, Road transport  Country estates  Woodland, Forest 
Primary Subject of Photo
Tree 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0236 5558 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:53.6970N 1:57.8839W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 02346 55594
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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