American descendants of the Ogle family, who were prominent in
Northumberland and British history, owning castles at Kirkley Hall,
Ogle, Cockle Park and more, are embarking on a two-week long visit
to rural Northumberland.
On Thursday, September 7, representatives from Northumberland
College, including Principal and CEO Marcus Clinton and Malcolm
Watson, chairperson of the Kirkley Hall Gardens and Woodland
Committee, welcomed the group to Kirkley Hall.
Charles Owens, vice president of OOFA, officially unveiled a
hand-made wooden plaque that honors the Ogle family, who together
have raised $2,500 towards the renovation proejct.
David Wear, Head of Land and Environment at Northumberland
College's Kirkley Hall campus said: "Wild flowers and trees have
been planted and a boardwalk has been constructed so the pond can
now be better utilised by countryside students studying
conservation, as well as being an attraction to be freely enjoyed
by visitors to the hall.
The keen historians also enjoyed a tour of the Kirkley Hall
estate, walking along the site of the original manor house, which
the Ogle family owned from 1612 - 1928.
Members of the Ogle family during this period included Captain
Challenger Ogle, a knight and Admiral of the Fleet and Newton Ogle,
who became Deacon of Westminster.
Malcolm Watson said: "It is a great pleasure to have the
opportunity to address so many related members of the Ogle Family
Association of America on the special occasion of their visit to
"The pond was a part of the estate which was originally owned by
their ancestors. As a result of financial support generously
provided by the Ogles and Northumberland College it has been
possible to begin restoring the pond.
"The idea is that it will become an additional feature for
visitors to Kirkley Hall, including a photo opportunity for wedding
couples. The estate is now managed by Northumberland College at
Kirkley Hall and provides a major educational resource."
The group will continue their tour of Northumberland with visits
to local attractions including Warkworth Castle, Alnwick Castle and
Kirkley Hall is a seventeenth century rural estate of over 190
acres with a variety of woodland. The grade II listed hall is set
in gardens and is available for weddings, private functions,
conferences and other corporate events.
The campus offers vocational courses and Apprenticeship training
in a wide range of subjects including agriculture, horticulture and
floristry, animal care and equine, arboriculture, countryside and
environment and outdoor activity leadership.
To find out more please visit www.kirkleyhall.co.uk