So, in the way that so many did during the time, they built, and then they built some more. By the 14th century, the Seaton Tower had been created, and after this more projects turned the property into a huge home, suitable for a family of their prestige. Or so you would think.
As already stated, the problem with the rich in this time is that they were never happy. They couldn’t sit back with their maids, butlers and gundogs and enjoy the splendour of their life. As it turns out though, this is good for modern-day history buffs, as it meant that the Delavals were inspired to create their masterpiece: Seaton Delaval Hall, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed such small matters as Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
Up until the 18th century, the power of the Delavals grew in the region. Posts such as MPs and Border Commissioners were frequent occurrences for family members, and the money rolled in – which led to their heyday, the 18th century.
The 18th Century
If a graph were to be made of the influence exerted by the Delaval family, the 18th century would be its high point. Some of the family names associated with this period include:
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