Washington Old Hall~July 2016 ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE On with the tour of Washington Old Hall. In part 1 we were in the kitchen and dining room and now move on to the panelled room, where there are some beautiful examples of carved oak furniture and a precious collection of delft ware spanning three centuries. and how about this for a recipe book?! In old English the “s” is written as “f” so when you are ftewing your Bullock cheeks, you are in effect, stewing them! On to the first floor where we find No. 5 The Old Hall, a recreation of the home of the Bone…

Fraggle Report~ Washington Old Hall ~July 2016 ~part 1

It was a lovely day when Sophie and I went to visit Washington Old Hall which has a (tenuous) link to the 1st President of the USA, George Washington, I say tenuous as it is his ancestral home, but way back! The History Bit William 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 the estate is of Anglo-Saxon (specifically Anglic) origin, originally being “Hwæssaingatūn”, meaning “estates…