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We hosted SPAB touring visitors this last weekend as part of Mills week and showed people around our heritage site where threshing, milling, awning and crushing. took place using water powered hydraulic machinery. SPAB means Society for the Protection of  Ancient Buildings and Cragend Farm is 'ancient' with Victorian amendments. ...

We have won a prize, and are runners up in the Collections Award! Very exciting. Cragend Farm Custodian Award 2023. If you are interested in seeing our application on why our Collection and heritage site won this award then please read on: Award winning Cragend Farm ‘museum’ collection is an eclectic mix of agricultural equipment, historical and engineering artefacts, th ...

Shortlisted for an Award We are thrilled to have been shortlisted as one of six Historic Houses nationwide for The Collections Award for re-imaging our Collection of historical aretefacts, telling the story of our historic site and giving visitors a sensory experience of life in Border Country Northumberland from it's earliest beginnings to it's Victorian re-invention. Th ...

We are in modern day terms, Cragend Farm. On Cragend Hill. However, if you go back in history we were Craig End or Craigend or Cragend , and Black Bank was the large set of Crags behind the settlement as well as being Cragend Hill. ...

Things to do in northumberland Cragend Farm Historic Tour takes you from The Big Bang to 21st century following the history of how the farm developed. Lord Armstrong of Cragside used it as a show case for his modern technology for agricultural and industrial machinery and this can be experienced in a sensory visit with pictoral and written evidence for history and engineering ...

As part of Historic Houses we sent some pieces up to London for Dreweatts Pall Mall Exhibition 12-15th June. Sporting life was the theme and we sent an oar from Cambridge and a greyhounds racing cup.  Thank you to Dreweatts and Sackville-West for all their hard word. ...

Become a Sponsor If you are interested in Industrial and Agricultural Engineering you can be a sponsor at Cragend Farm. Conservation is a priority here with the intergrety of the heritage of the farm and its ancient history. We are looking for companies and private sponsors who have an interest in hydro-power  as well as architecture and surveying . Contact Shaun Renwick fo ...

One of the Finest in the World 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”. ...

As farmers look for cheaper ways to feed their animals as the cost of fodder and energy prices rise, we look to our listed building for inspiration as Lord Armstrong of Cragside had this idea in 1884 building two bays for silage with an industrial tower between them housing the most uptodate hydraulics to lift and press the silage. If you are interested in viewing our facilit ...

On Saturday 6th May 2023 we celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla. We wish them a super day and Look forward to a long reign.  We will be open and hope the guests and visitors will enjoy the day with us. ...

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to your fantastic farm on the Historic Houses tour on Tuesday. We both agree that it was the most interesting HHA visit we have ever done - and we have done many over the years! We had no idea of the extent of the Armstrong connection or what you have there, having visited Cragside on so many occasions in the past 50 years or so. And indeed looked down on the farm from the walks at Cragend quite recently. We particularly enjoyed ascending and descending the ladders to look at the hydraulic equipment and get an idea of how it all functioned, the beautiful and unusual buildings which had housed the cattle, and were intrigued by the contents of your "underground " loo! Peacocks and chicks, hens and a beautiful pet lamb added to the feel of the farm.

Shaun & Lou Renwick are keen to harness the farm's natural resources, using wood to heat their water, to cook with on a wood burning range, and to heat the houses on the Farm. Even if your house is not equipped to totally run on wood there are things you can do to make sure you are using the best quality wood for your fires.

Why use Seasoned Wood?

Seasoned wood is a definition for 'wood drying'. About 5% of the energy of the log is wasted through evaporation and heating the water vapour of damp logs.

Moisture effects the burning process with unburnt hydrocarbons going up the chimney, which can in time create 'sooting' in the chimney, with the possibility of a chimney fire, all of which requires specialist sweeping.

Drying the wood before burning reduces moisture content in the wood before it is used for burning,

Air drying is the most traditional method, and it takes time. usually over and above 2 years! The fire will use less energy to burn the log if the water content is below 20%. Therefore is can give OUT more energy in the form of heat!

Cragend Farm endeavours to provide their customers with the best seasoned wood possible.

if you would like further information on the process of burning wood please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Why seasoned wood?

Thank you so much Lou and Shaun for a great holiday break on your farm at Cragend last week. East Cottage was a super place to stay. Very comfortable accommodation with everything we needed for self-catering and situated next to the beautiful Cragside National Trust gardens. It was super for our dog with fields to walk across as well as a secure fenced place for her to run off lead! Such interesting history too about the farm and how you have restored the buildings, the Victorian silo and so much else of the past farming life at Cragend. We look forward to returning! J&M Nottingham.

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