Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grundy Wonders If Video Will Help Hall; TV Historian to Film a Tour of Stately Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grundy Wonders If Video Will Help Hall; TV Historian to Film a Tour of Stately Home

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Byline: Paul Loraine

ARENOWNED local historian is supporting a campaign to save a stately home by making a video tour for The Journal's website.

John Grundy presents TV programme Grundy's Wonders, which explores the cultural heritage of the North East. He will shoot the video at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland next week.

He is playing his part in an effort by the National Trust, who have promised pounds 6.9m to save the hall providing that a national campaign can raise the remaining pounds 6.3m.

If the money is not raised, the hall could still be turned into a hotel, a golf club, or another commercial development.

The trust's proposed intervention has been met with widespread support, and a large-scale public consultation process is now under way to decide how best to use the hall, gardens and grounds.

Mr Grundy, of Gosforth, Newcastle, stressed the campaign's significance in the region, explaining the special cultural and historical place the house occupies.

He said: "It is a house of stupendous importance. As a piece of architecture, it's fantastic.

"In the National Trust handbook, there isn't a more important house from an architectural point of view.

"Vanbrugh is one of the four or five major architects in British history and this is his masterpiece.

"Secondly, it achieves even greater significance when seen from a Northern point of view.

"It is the finest country house in the North of England and the only one we have, I suspect which can sit in an international context and appear in books all over the world."

The 18th Century building is being sold by owner Lord Hastings and the trust has urged volunteers to help raise pounds 1m in the North East before Christmas. And it is hoped Mr Grundy's videos will fuel the fundraising effort.

He said there would be five videos in total - a general overview and separate films of the grounds, cellars, hall and stables. …

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