Now a registered museum and visitor attraction, the Lady Waterford Hall was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, serving as a school for almost 100 years, until 1957. In its heyday had as many as 134 local children on the register.
The interior of the building is decorated with life-size watercolour murals of Biblical scenes which took 20 years to paint and which depict the faces of estate workers and their children who lived and worked on Ford Estate in the 19th Century. These murals along with other sketches and paintings are the work of Louisa Waterford, a great benefactress and a talented amateur artist who owned Ford Estate and lived in Ford Castle after the untimely death of her husband. The Hall tells the fascinating story of her life and is a 'must see' on a visit to north Northumberland. The museum is family friendly with kids Victorian scbool activities. There is a smalll retail gift shop area. There is a modest admission charge. The hall has fully accessible WC facilities and a catering kitchen, and is available for private hire.
The Hall is open late March-end October daily; in high season 11am-5pm. Occasionally the Hall may be closed for a private function - please check opening times on website before travelling.