About Us

meldon_303748767.jpgMeldon Park Estate is a traditional rural estate based in Northumberland, West of Morpeth. The estate spans the Font River Valley and further south to the Wansbeck and Hart River Valleys. The house itself sits in the Wansbeck Valley with a commanding view to the South overlooking the River Wansbeck where it is joined by the River Hart.

The estate has been in the Cookson family since 1832 and still very much exists on a similar basis as it did when originally purchased.

The sale of the Meldon land by the Greenwich Hospital Trust to Isaac Cookson was held on April 19th in London 1832, 6 months later on the 16th October 1832 the first stone was laid for the house.

The sale details went as follows "The manor Meldon including Meldon Park Estate and farms, five miles from Morpeth, with Meldon Park Corner (now Dyke Neuk ) and premises; also the North and South Needless Hall Farms, consisting of 2070 acres, including 171 acres of plantation and wood, water corn mill and fishing in the river, farm houses, buildings and garden etc, rental at time of the sale £2,119 per annum, free from tithe. The auctioneer announced at the sale £7,000 had been spent a few years before in improving the property.”

We are the seventh generation to live in Meldon Park. There were 2 occaasions when it was let out, once to the Fenwick family and in addition during the Second World War it was utilised by the Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital.

james.jpgNowadays the estate is managed by James Cookson, which consists of 3852 acres, circa 87 leases being agricultural, commercial and residential, a fluctuating community of circa 80 people who either work or live on the estate, 13 miles of public access, farming, a woodland management plan and 23 private sewage tanks to maintain.

It is our aim to create a profitable trading business with greater diversity, improve the infrastructure of the  estate and its properties thereby giving our tenants improved services. We want to develop new revenues of income through successful diversification, encourage stronger agricultural businesses through young and forward thinking farmers, whilst responsibly managing our environment. We are currently lucky to have two rare species inhabiting the estate, one being the indigenous red squirrel  and the indigenous native European crayfish. Both of these species are under pressure from larger invasive types i.e the Grey Squirrel and non-native crayfish, mainly being the North American and Turkish or narrow clawed crayfish. The crayfish can be found in the River Wansbeck and if you are lucky you might see a red squirrel in the garden.