Woolsington Hall

Woolsington Hall is a Grade II listed country house in a 92-acre (37 ha) estate, in the village of Woolsington, north-west of Newcastle city centre. In addition to the hall, the stables and coach house, orangery, walled garden and east wing are Grade II listed.

The hall is not habitable and requires full restoration. It has been on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk register since 2002.

Woolsington Hall was the seat of the Bell family, landowners in Dinnington. In 1828 Matthew Bell, MP for Northumberland and Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland was listed as living at the hall. All four battalions of the 103rd (Tyneside Irish) Brigade camped briefly at Woolsington Hall in May 1915. Conditions were bad at Woolsington Hall that many soldiers who lived locally went home rather than stay there. The brigade trained in trench fighting at nearby Ponteland, and paraded through Newcastle city centre before departing from Woolsington for Salisbury Plain.

Woolsington Hall was bought by businessman Sir John Hall's Cameron Hall Developments for £1.32 million in 1994. Since 1994 Hall has proposed several developments of the Woolsington site including a football academy for Newcastle United, which was later built in Little Benton. A luxury hotel and golf course was later planned for the Woolsington Hall estate. Hall was threatened with legal action by Newcastle City Council in 2005 unless he carried out repairs to Woolsington Hall.

The hall was put up for sale for £2 million in October 2012, but withdrawn from sale in May 2013. Due to the dereliction of the hall, it has been described by the Daily Telegraph as a "distressed asset". In 2013 the councillor for the Woolsington ward, George Pattison, said that “It is a complete waste for it to be standing empty. It is a beautiful building and has a lot of historical significance...If it could be restored to something of the calibre of the Mansion House in Jesmond then it would be a great asset to the ward.” The house was made weather tight in 2008.

Since 2002 the Woolington Hall estate has been on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk register. The register said that the hall "...is vacant and showing signs of roof failure." It is rated Category C by the register, defined as "Slow decay, no solution agreed".

The Leaze Gates, a set of two tonne monumental gates from Newcastle United F.C.'s St. James Park stadium, were stored in the grounds of Woolsington Hall until their restoration in August 2013. It had been hoped that they would form the entrance to a new football training centre at the hall.

Description harvested from Woolsington Hall - Wikipedia

Photos of Woolsington Hall from a 2009 visit can be found here Woolsington Village

May 2015

More info:
English Heritage - Woolsington Hall
Details emerge of five-star Woolsington Hall hotel proposal
Greenbelt campaigners say Woolsington Hall transformation will set a 'dangerous precedent'
Plans unveiled to turn historic Woolsington Hall into Newcastle's first five-star hotel

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