William Percy trained as a tailor in Alnwick and worked at Marshall and Snelgrove in London, before returning to Alnwick and taking over William Hindmarsh’s drapery business. Ravensmount was built for him in 1912.
William's brother, Charles, built Hillcrest.
Ravensmount became a care home but is currently unused, although proposals have been submitted to convert it to eight luxury apartments. The building earned an entry in "The Arts and Crafts Movement in the North-East of England" by Barrie & Wendy Armstrong.
“Ravensount, Alnmouth Road is a late nineteenth century stone-built house with black and white detailing and a later large black and white extension which stands impressively overlooking the valley. It has been a care home since 1960 but has retained its art nouveau stained glass in its staircase windows and other smaller windows downstairs. The glass is reminiscent in style of those at the UR church in Wooler with luscious looking stylized peach-bearing branches”.
The stained glass in the stairwell appears to be intact, but looks vulnerable on the current abandoned site.
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