Washington, Tyne and Wear, England

A view of Washington

Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall is situated at the heart of historic Washington village. According to the National Trust, this picturesque stone manor house and its gardens "provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War".


The building incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington's direct ancestors, and it is from here that the family took their surname of 'Washington'. In 1957, the National Trust assumed responsibility for the building.


The hall is reputedly haunted by a White Lady that wrings her hands; a Grey Lady sighted in an upstairs corridor; a crying child; unusual bumps; and the smell of lavender.


Pictured left is the front of Washington Old Hall courtesy of ProhibitOnions.

The Avenue,

Washington Village,


Tyne and Wear, NE38 7LE.


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For more information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.


Visitor Information

Washington is a large new town in the City of Sunderland local government district of Tyne and Wear, England.

Washington is located geographically at an equal distance from the centres of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland, hence it has close ties to all three cities.

Pictured left is a view of Washingon courtesy of John Ferguson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.