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Report - Ewart Park, Wooler, Northumberland – August 2020


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We explored this one back in August, after finding a few reports in the forums. We decided to see for ourselves what it was like, having a decent day out.

History

Ewart Park is a Grade II listed mansion in rural Northumberland designed by Count Horace St. Paul. Horace, born in 1729 was a prominent figure in UK Law, until accidentally killing a man in a duel and being forced to flee the country and take exile in Austria. After playing an important part in the Seven Years War, and "having proved beyond doubt his soldierly valour", he returned to Britain seeking a Royal Pardon.

After retiring from military service, he purchased the Ewart Park Estate from his brother in 1775, completely redesigning the house and grounds, which was then inhabited around 1787. The St. Paul family were very influential at the time. Count Horace had two sons who played prominent roles in politics, Lt. Col. Henry Heneage who was MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and Sir Horace David who was MP for Bridport. Another son remained a bachelor.

The estate eventually passed to Sir Horace III, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland and MP for Worcestershire East. Having only one child, Maria, the estate passed to her on her father’s death.. Mia, as she was known was the God-Daughter of Josephine Butler the influential feminist and social reformer of the late Victorian era and married her son George Grey Butler. On the death of George in 1937, their son, Horace IV did not have the means to pay for the upkeep of the now dilapidated mansion, especially after paying death duties. It was occupied briefly by the military in WW2 and has been uninhabited ever since.


The Explore

It took us about an hour to reach this place with some guidance from Google Maps. This place took some getting into as the road leading to the mansion has a guard’s hut of sorts. After a short walk in the bucketing down rain through what seemed like the Amazon Rainforest, we didn’t end up at the mansion but a field adjacent to it which was home to cows and sheep. After getting stared out from them when making our way across the field, we finally reached the mansion.

Access was very easy, given there was no window in one place. Rain was seeping through in some places but the main area was dry. The place had been stripped and the walls were peeling and half of the floor had exposed beams. We did find some rat poison we believe; how dangerous it was we didn’t know. There was a small wine cellar under the stairs, however there wasn’t much inside.

The upstairs was like any other abandoned building; peeling and falling apart. We quickly had a look around the top floor before heading up the tower, which was particularly delightful. Once at the top, you had a 360° view. We could only see for a couple of miles due to the weather, however the scenery was really good to look at.

We made our way down and on our way decided to quickly check the small building next to the mansion. There was only a few piles of rubbish and some shotgun shells lying around. When we went to leave, we saw a silver car coming up the lane so decided to make a quick getaway. I don’t think we’d vaulted over a wire fence and sprinted across a field of cows and sheep in about 10 seconds before, so that was something to tick off the bucket list.

This was a really good explore and worth the soaking wet 1 hour drive back home. If you decide to go, pick a day when it’ll be dry and if you see a silver car coming towards you, don’t hang around.

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Thanks for reading!​
 

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