Lindisfarne Castle is one of the North East's most iconic landmarks. The castle, once a former garrison and coast guard station, was converted into a holiday home by the founder of Country Life magazine, Edward Hudson, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Having acquired the property, Hudson, in collaboration with his friends, architect Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, set out on an ambitious journey to turn a cold, drafty castle into Hudson's Northumberland summer retreat. As the castle welcomes visitors today, so too did Hudson, inviting friends, artists, writers and colleagues to share the beauty of Holy Island in high summer. JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and WW1 poet Siegfried Sassoon are just two of the guests known to have enjoyed Hudson's hospitality.
One member of the project team is National Trust conservator, John Wynn-Griffiths.
“As you walk around the Castle areas of peeling paint and damp staining are noticeable.” says John. “These are very long established problems at the Castle; the Country Life photos taken soon after Lutyens’ work was completed, show damp stains to the plaster work. So we’re not dealing with new problems. But certainly over the years lots of attempts to treat them have made things worse. Added to this many of the windows, with their wide Lutyens designed lead work, leak in bad weather. To deal with these issues and find a way of improving things in the Castle we’re investigating how we can stop the windows leaking and allow the walls to breathe and dry out.