Markers lead the way for memorial

One of the stones at Cragside
One of the stones at Cragside

A new trail at Cragside has been set in stone in memory of one of the attractions most avid visitors.

A series of thought-provoking quotes from the Victorian inventor, innovator, landscape genius and creator of Cragside, Lord Armstrong, have been carved into worked stones from a quarry on the estate that were destined for but never used in its building.

And the five literary engravings are an unusual memorial to Newcastle resident Shirley Scouler’s lifelong love of the National Trust propery and its gardens.

Shirley died, aged 57, in 2011, and the stone etchings have been made possible by a bequest from her family.

Husband Rodney, 62, and sons Jonathan, 38, and Matthew, 35, made the gesture after enjoying many memorable family trips to the attraction.

Jonathan said: “Mum loved Cragside, and growing up we spent a lot of happy days there picnicking and exploring. She especially loved the rhododendrons when they were in bloom.

“We wanted the money to fund something that everyone could enjoy, but that at the same time would be a lasting tribute to mum.

“The stone carvings are fantastic and they are in a really beautiful place. Mum would have approved of what we have done. Cragside held a special place in her heart.”