The Age of Sail in everything – Seaton Delaval Hall

This weekend we were dancing at Seaton Delaval Hall – which, when I looked it up, turned out to have been built for an admiral, George Delaval – and, when he died before it was completed in 1728, inherited by his nephew Francis Blake Delaval, a naval captain.

This is possibly not surprising for a building so close to the sea, although it would have been less industrial looking in their days.

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Sea view

The main block of the house looks impressive, but it was burnt out by a fire in 1822, less than a hundred years after it was built, and is only an empty shell.

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Central block
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Central block interior

The west wing was lived in for part of the 20th century, and is in much better repair – as well as having a lovely cloister place along the front.

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West wing
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Cloister

This obelisk might mark the place where Admiral Delaval fell from his horse – or it might not. A second obelisk marking the spot where he died has been demolished.

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Obelisk
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