National Trust’s Cragside, Rothbury.

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Painted in oils, National Trust Cragside in Rothbury, Northumberland.
Built in 1860’s by William Armstrong, later Lord Armstrong, a Tyneside industrialist, engineer and armaments maker. He used the house to entertain his many foreign customers.
His innovative mind ensured that many features of Cragside were at the cutting edge of invention and design. Pictured is the iron bridge, a typical example of this. Also Cragside boasted its own hydro electric installation, using a series of lakes and waterfalls, constructed in the grounds and became the first house in the country to be lit by electricity. The incandescent light bulb having been invented by his contemporary, Joseph Swan of Newcastle.

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