Washington Old Hall, Washington

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Washington Old Hall is a manor house located in the Washington area of Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom. It lies in the centre of Washington, being surrounded by other villages. The manor was the ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the first President of the United States.HistoryWilliam de Hertburne, an ancestor of George Washington, assumed tenancy of the Wessyngtonlands from the Bishop of Durham for an annual fee of £4. Soon after, he changed his name to William de Wessyngton (later Washington). Although he used the Norman French spelling (based on a Middle English rendition of the original), the estate is of Anglo-Saxon (specifically Anglic) origin, originally being "Hwæssingatūn", meaning "estates of the descendents of Hwæssa" (Hwæssa being rendered Wassa in Modern English). In 1613 the Washington family moved south to Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire, and the manor was sold to the Bishop of Durham.The Hall continued to be used as a residence until the 19th century, when it became tenement flats and gradually fell into disrepair. In 1936 the building was declared unfit for human habitation, and was rescued from demolition by Fred Hill, a local teacher, who created what is now the "Friends of the Old Hall" to press for restoration of the building. Preservation work stopped during World War II, but was completed in 1955. In 1957 the National Trust assumed responsibility for the building.
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  • The old Hall is really interesting with its links to the family of George Washington. It is beautifully restored and full of old furniture of the kind it would have had, but not originally from here. ...  more »
  • A marvellous place to visit as it is steeped in history and gave its name to the first president of the U.S.A. and its capital city. What an achievement for a building in this Washington situated in t...  more »
  • Having been kindly given a few passes for the national trust we have a few things down on our list. Today we decided to visit Washington Old Hall in Washington Village. The hall has significance as it...  more »
  • A must visit if you are in the area. Although the house is small it has a lovely homely feel to it with beautiful stone walls and floors. The paneled dining room a delight. Although it is the ancestral home of George Washington, it also has some interesting history too. The gardens are gorgeous with the formal leading to the wild.
  • I was pleasantly surprised with the building interior and the lavish medieval Manor House that it is. For £6 if you on a day of events, or if you’re simply one to see a medieval preserved home it’s really something. Of course the main draw is George Washington’s family and the real charm is to speak to one of the guides, they’re full of information that really make the visit. The gardens are beautiful and quite expansive. This is a charming place which if you enjoy History and would like a peaceful day out, perhaps having tea in the gardens and are NT members it’s worth it. For a visit here I’d recommend an hour, the house itself is pretty small so it’s a short visit to be sure. Visit Washington too as it’s rather lovely to have a brief look around the town.
  • Fantastic little gem in Washington Village. It has lots of history behind it and very helpful friendly staff to help with the local knowledge of the area as well as the Old Hall. You will have a lovely time. They have a really big well kept garden called the nuttery. As it is full of hazelnut trees! On a nice day you can take a picnic and play croquet on the lawn at the top while your kids are exploring the garden and it's creatures. They have bird hides, beehives and many more bug exploration. The kids will tire themselves out running around the garden and trees having an adventure! Enjoy yourselves!
  • Great to visit a Northeast of England treasure connecting us so closely to America, it's first President, and also the great President Donald Trump. It would be nice to see him visit Washington Old Town from where the family of America's first great President hailed.
  • Great visit plenty of bugs and wildlife search great Anglo American history fascinating

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