Heritage award for village hall

Lady Waterford Hall
Lady Waterford Hall

An historic hall in a north Northumberland village has landed a prize in a prestigious heritage awards scheme.

Lady Waterford Hall in Ford won one of the renowned 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards, which were announced on Tuesday, scooping the prize in the Hidden Gem category.

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently-judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

Lady Joicey, of Ford and Etal Estates, said: “We are delighted to have won a 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award.

“Winning one of these awards demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best.”

He added: “Receiving this award is acknowledgment and recognition that Lady Waterford Hall is amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK.”

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London.

The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue; and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.