Cragside's secretsto be revealed on TV

Channel 5's Secrets of the National Trust is heading to Cragside, near Rothbury, with Alan Titchmarsh and special guests unlocking some of its secrets.

Friday, 23rd March 2018, 14:05 pm
Alan Titchmarsh in Secrets of the National Trust.

The programme reveals some of the ground-breaking technology of the house, which earned owner Lord Armstrong the nickname of the Modern Magician.

Viewers will see Alan and Cragside’s conservation manager Andrew Sawyer delve into the past to discover a house that really was ahead of its time.

In the second half of the episode, Miriam O’Reilly tests her head for heights as she scales one of the towering conifers and meets the forestry team, who share their specialist skills and equipment necessary in looking after this unique landscape.

Cragside was the home of Lord William Armstrong, a Victorian industrialist and scientist, and his wife Lady Margaret.

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Together they transformed a modest country retreat on the side of a crag into a Victorian arts and crafts masterpiece, with the help of architect Richard Norman Shaw.

After moving from their home in Jesmond Dene, Cragside became the Armstrongs’ permanent residence in the 1860s, and welcomed many guests, including the Prince of Wales, Shah of Persia and King of Siam. Visitors flocked to Cragside after hearing about the many ingenious gadgets that filled the home.

Outside, the grounds of Cragside are just as spectacular. The Armstrongs filled the land with North American conifers that are now fully grown and tower over the house.

The National Trust now looks after 1,000 acres of the Cragside estate.

Secrets of the National Trust airs on Channel 5 on Tuesday, at 8pm.