, a little to
the NW of Ponteland, is dominated by the Georgian hall of the same name.
Built during 1807-09, Milbourne Hall was thrown up by the Bates family to the
designs of village
architect John Paterson and is a standard-looking affair. Constructed of local
sandstone collected from the nearby Belsay quarries, its external demeanour
belies its curious internal secret: for almost every room within is oval in
shape. In a similar vein, the mansion’s stable block is octagonal in its
layout. As the house is a private dwelling, we’re unlikely to ever bear witness
to these geometrical curiosities, so we’ll have to place our trust in my
Pevsner’s guide. Edinburgh
As part of the Bates’ development of the general vicinity, a slightly eccentric chapel-of-ease was also constructed in the village in 1869 by Miss Jane Anne Bates. Intended to save her family, the villagers and the staff of Milbourne Hall the long walk into Ponteland every Sunday, the little building of the Holy Saviour has since proved to be quite a success – right through, in fact, to the present-day. For many religious Pontelanders now make the reverse trip to Milbourne every Sabbath in order to avail themselves of the picturesque facilities in and around the Bates’ Victorian creation.