Eggleston: Bert West 24.5.1920 – 16.12.2009 & Rene West 3.12.1921 – 20.5.2015

Camping near the lovely village of Cotherstone we walked along the beautiful river Tees to Eggleston Hall.  This is a fantastic walk through peaceful countryside that took us above the trees and gave us panoramic views over Teesdale.  At Eggleston Hall we visited the walled gardens, under separate ownership to the hall where there is a nursery and a walk around the walled gardens to the charming ruined chapel.  We left our fee in the honesty box and followed the numbered stones around the garden at a leisurely pace.  This is a garden for plant lovers, there are so many to enjoy here you could visit in every season and have a different experience.


The walled garden at Eggleston Hall Gardens

In the productive fruit and vegetable garden with fruit trees around the walls and rows of vegetables I found this memorial bench with two separate plaques, one to Bert West and one to Rene West.  This bench is in a great position to sit and relax and enjoy watching people strolling around the garden.  I can only assume Bert and Rene were a couple, Rene surviving Bert by more than five years and re-united on this bench.


In loving memory of Bert West 24.05.1920 – 16.12.2009 & In loving memory of Rene West 3.12.1921 – 20.5.2015

You can buy many of the plants you see growing in the garden and there is also a cafe at Eggleston Hall Gardens that serves good food so there’s no excuse not to spend an hour or more at this lovely spot.


2 comments on “Eggleston: Bert West 24.5.1920 – 16.12.2009 & Rene West 3.12.1921 – 20.5.2015

  1. Alex Franks says:

    I found your site some months ago when I realised I hadn’t seen Rene for some time and didn’t know that she had sadly passed away. However the fact that she and Bert are together again and that they have a dedicated bench in a beautiful garden makes me smile. I got to know them as customers of mine in Darlington where Rene was most encouraging as she loved to cook and pass on her knowledge, and Bert was the most charming character and a true gentleman. My staff and I were reminiscing about the two of them today so I sought out this site again.
    As far as I know they had no family which was a shame as they were devoted to one another. I wish I’d got to know them better as Rene was from the East End , a real glamour puss even in her 90s and I bet she had a few stories to tell!
    I will be making a point of visiting Eggleston Hall soon, sitting on their bench with something sparkly to drink and toasting their memory.
    Thank you for finding their bench for me.

    • Thank you so much for adding to the story about this memorial bench. I am so pleased to hear that what sounds like a lovely couple are remembered in Darlington. Enjoy visiting the lovely Eggleston Hall when you can and toasting their memory. Your comment has cheered me up so much on a damp day, it reminds me how wonderful people can be. Thank you again.

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