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restored Palladian mansion house, Northumberland

Belford Hall, Belford, Northumberland

Belford Hall was designed in the Palladian style by James Paine, and built between 1754-6. It was remodelled circa 1817-18 by the renowned Newcastle architect John Dobson, with the addition of two wings. Grade I listed and described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, in The Buildings of England series of architectural guides, as "both restrained and yet of [Paine's] most satisfying designs", it was, nevertheless, heading for dereliction by the 1980s, following requisition by the army during WWII and subsequent neglect.

At this point, NECT became involved, along with the Monument Trust, in a plan of rescue which enabled its conversion to 16 apartments. The day to day running of the Hall is in the hands of the Management Company but NECT still retains the freehold as custodians of the Hall's heritage, ensuring that the leaseholders fulfill their commitments with regard to maintenance.
The Hall is open to visitors as part of the annual Heritage Open Days programme each September.