Cragside was a bizarre but very interesting estate near Rothbury in Northumberland. The house, built according to the principals of the Arts and Crafts movement, was the first in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. That power also drives a dishwasher, a rotisserie and hydraulic equipment in the Kitchen as well as a vacuum cleaner and a washing machine. The hydro-electric system was installed in 1868 and from 1869 to 1884 the original modest house was transformed into the confection that we see now.
It was the home of William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, who made his money as an armaments manufacturer.
|Kitchen with hydraulic lift at back left|
|This is a HUGE sit-in fireplace|
The house is surrounded by gardens and woodland covering an area so large that you need to drive to the extremities.