NZ3276 : Fireplace, Seaton Delaval Hall

taken 7 years ago, near to Seaton, Northumberland, England

Fireplace, Seaton Delaval Hall
Fireplace, Seaton Delaval Hall
The stone fireplaces on the east and west sides of the great hall are supported by telamons (figures used as columns, the male equivalent of caryatids). The hall is paved with black and white marble. The size of the fireplaces was clearly inadequate to warm the huge, high space of the draughty north-facing hall.

It was a jackdaw nest in a chimney which is believed to have been the cause of a blaze in 1822 which gutted the central block of Seaton Delaval Hall.

At dusk on January 3, 1822, sailors off the Whitley Bay coast noticed that the sunset seemed unusually brilliant. It was the Seaton Delaval Hall fire. A newspaper report read: “Every endeavour to preserve the body of the building was unavailing; nothing but the bare walls being left standing. The fire is generally supposed to have originated in a chimney which had been rendered foul by birds having built their nests in it, and that hence the fire was communicated to a rafter fixed to the chimney.”

The Central Hall, with its fire-damaged statues, has been a shell ever since.

During repair and restoration work on the Great Hall in 2014, around 20 new nests, containing 30 jackdaw chicks, were found delaying work until they had fledged. The chimneys are now capped.
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Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall is a Grade I listed country house (List entry Number: 1041321). It stands near the coast between Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval. It was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval and is now owned by the National Trust.

Both Vanbrugh and Admiral Delaval died before the house was completed. The west wing was damaged by fire in 1752 but restored 1814-15 by John Dobson; the main block was similarly gutted in 1822 and although re-roofed, remains largely an empty shell.

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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 16 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 27 November, 2017
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3224 7654 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:4.9359N 1:29.7911W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3224 7654
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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