Lou is the owner of Cragend Farm with her husband Shaun, and deals with everything from Holiday Accommodation inquiries to egg collection from the chickens; she is the social media and web design finger-tapper.
Historic Houses Collection Award Runners Up!
The 2023 AGM celebrated 50 years of Historic House membership. We were thrilled to have been incluided in the shortlist and final results of this prestigious award.
Cragend Farm ‘Collections Award 2023 – special mention for custodianship’.
"The Historic Houses judges met and decided not just on a winner, (Ushaw Seminary - well worth a visit in Co Durham) but on a few other entrants from the shortlist whom they felt deserved a special mention because of some particular aspect of their application.
The judges did want to take a special mention of Lou and Shaun, in particular, as curators deserving of formal recognition for the excellence of their work. "
Tours start in May 3034. Book via Historic Houses website or direct.
Jonathan Minns, a London-based steam and engineering expert was CEO of the British Engineerium museum based at Hove in the 1970-180’s. He wrote about Cragend Silo: “… i t represents probably one of the finest purpose-built agricultural buildings in the world” and “a brilliant example of his [Lord Armstrong of Cragside] engineering innovations”.
Tours of The Cragend Farm Silo and other machinery are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ticket required. Pre-booking essential.
Find Out More About Cragend
Cragend Farm has a interesting and diverse history, from technical innovations to historic buildings. Tied in closely to the neighbouring Cragside Estate home of Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong.