Pockerley Old Hall
Visit the ‘new house’ – the home of the tenant farmer – and the ‘old house’, which dates back to at least the 1440s. Look out for traditional Georgian cooking and craft activities.
This beautiful terraced garden features Georgian-era plants, herbs and vegetables, which can often be sampled in recipes cooked in the hall.
Visit our Georgian Waggonway and discover the story of the birth of the railways. Take a steam train ride through the Georgian landscape hauled by Puffing Billy, a replica of the original locomotive which was built in 1813 by William Hedley.
Steam train rides operate on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please note, from 6th November there will be no train rides at The Waggonway, to allow for our winter maintenance programme. We will keep visitors updated on when rides will resume.
Please be aware that our 1820s Waggonway is currently undergoing winter maintenance and is unavailable for passenger rides, sorry for any inconvenience.
The Quilter’s Cottage
The cottage is a recreation of the “lost” home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley, who was murdered in 1826, in an appalling crime that shocked the nation. The cottage features stones from Joe’s original home, including flagstones where he stood 200 years ago. The remains of Joe’s cottage in Warden, near Hexham, Northumberland, were uncovered during an archaeological dig by Beamish staff and community members. The exhibit, which tells the story of quilting and the growth of cottage industries in the early 1800s, has been painstakingly recreated by skilled museum staff. A drawing on a postcard that was produced after Joe’s murder gave valuable details about how his home – which was demolished in 1872 – looked. Click here to find out about the story of Joe the Quilter’s cottage.
The Quilter’s cottage was the first building to open as part of the Remaking Beamish project. Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project has been awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Quilter’s Cottage is currently closed to visitors due to maintenance work, we apologise for any inconvenience.
St Helen’s Church
Nestling in the Georgian landscape is this beautiful medieval church, St Helen’s, from Eston, near Middlesbrough. The church was due to be demolished due to vandalism until it was saved and rebuilt at the Museum.
Take a walk through the picturesque landscape, as you step back into the Georgian era, with its dry stone walling, riven oak fences, and traditional breeds of animal. The horse-powered whim gin would have been used to raise coal and men out of the mines. Look out for the gibbet looming in the distance.