Gibside Chapel is based in between Rowlands Gill and Burnopfield and is about a twenty-minute drive from the Intu Metrocentre. It is owned by the National Trust but was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family. Notable people from the Bowes-Lyn daily were the Queen’s mother! The main house on the location is now derelict and a shell, the Chapel, the walled garden, and the banqueting house are all still intact.
The estate dates back to 1540 when it was acquired by the Blakiston family. It exchanged hands through marriages and over the next few hundred years the estate had the additions of the Chapel and the Garden built. One of the impressive additions is a Doric Order column ( a big column to you and I) and it is topped with a bronzed female which can be seen as Britannia but she is not holding her usual Trident. The column because of its location can be seen from many miles around.
During World War 2 the Woman’s land army used the Gibside estate as a billet.
The Estate has been used in the past for many events and is also a popular place for people to get married due to its beauty. You can find out more about what is happening at Gibside Chapel when events get published, and if you have a National Trust Membership you can visit any time that it is open.
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Another thing to do in the area is to visit Tanfield Railway Station.