Chance to look at hall from different angles

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A HISTORIC building is offering sightseers a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see it from a different perspective.

Visitors to Seaton Delaval Hall can now take advantage of a special viewing platform to see at first hand the conservation work being carried out on the National Trust-owned building.

Blyth-based stonemasonry firm Team Force Restoration, led by director Brendan Teasdale, is repairing the walls and ceilings of the main hall, as well as its staircases and saloon.

A scaffolding structure inside the hall has been built with a viewing platform so that visitors can see close up the work being carried out.

The hall’s building surveyor, Cheryl Moore, said: “We wanted to give our visitors the chance to see stonemasons at work in a heritage setting.

“By installing the scaffold, people can travel up to the same height that the stonemasons are working at.

“They get to see the hall from a new perspective and see views that haven’t been seen since 1822.”

The stucco statues around the main hall will also be assessed by conservators to determine how best they can be preserved.

The scaffolding will be in place until the end of November and can be accessed via small groups as part of a tour.

The volunteer team at the hall will be conducting the tours, and there will also be workshops led by Brendan and his team.

Tours cost £5 per person. For more information, call (0191) 237 9100.