To be perfectly honest the connection to George Washing is somewhat tenuous. William de Hertburne, an ancestor of George Washington, assumed tenancy of the Wessyngtonlands from the Bishop of Durham for an annual fee of £4. Soon after, he changed his name to William de Wessyngton (later Washington). Although he used the Norman French spelling (based on a Middle English rendition of the original), the estate is of Anglo-Saxon (specifically Anglic) origin, originally being "Hwæssaingatūn", meaning "estates of the descendents of Hwæssa" (Hwæssa being rendered Wassa in Modern English). In 1613 the Washington family moved south to Sulgrave Manor, and the manor was sold to the Bishop of Durham. The ground floor presents a home in the 17th-century when Washington was in the hands of the James family. It was bought by Bishop William James in 1613 and lived in by his grandson William. There were extensive renovations made to the hall during this time and was most likely at its grandest when this work was completed. In the Great hall, kitchen and panelled room you can now see some beautiful examples of carved oak furniture and a precious collection of delft ware spanning three centuries.
Often a surprise to visitors, on the first floor you will find No. 5 The Old Hall, a recreation of the home of the Bone family. From the second half of the 1800s right up until 1933 the hall became home to up to nine families. If you visit in the morning you may even be lucky enough to meet Mr Stanley Bone who was born in that very room. There is a lot to do here such as finding out what tenement life was like living at No.5 in the 1930's. You can admire the solid oak furniture of Tudor time and marvel at the newly restored Martha Washington's fan or stroll through the pretty formal gardens scented with herbs and flower where there are 20 different varieties of heritage English Apple trees. You can hear the birds in the Nuttery, and see them enjoying a dip in the pond as this a nature conservation area. Washington Wander APP (download before your visit). It is wheelchair accessible. Mobility parking in main car park. Mobility toilet on ground floor. Access to lower garden via steps or new garden lift. Tactile opportunities in the house and garden plus a braille guide. Guide Dogs Permitted
Location : The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 7LE
Transport: Heworth (Metro) 4 miles.Newcastle (National Rail) 7 miles. Bus routes 86 and S457 stop here.
Opening Times: Saturday to Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00.
Tickets: Adults £5.40. Children £3.15
Tel: 0191 416 6879