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Roots and Wings North Tyneside YMCA Project

The life and substantial legacy of Sir James Knott has been documented in an exciting project undertaken by the YMCA in North Tyneside and Roots and Wings, a locally based Community Interest Company.

Funded from a grant from the Heritage Lottery, the Knott Trail involved young people from Norham High School researching Sir James Knott and producing artwork inspired by the major events in Sir James’s life.

The artwork was designed and hand printed by the young people onto ship sails and displayed at the Old Low Light community venue in North Shields. Roots and Wings also produced an activity pack, a board game and two short films which will be distributed to schools across the region. 

For more information visit Roots and Wings


Annual Report 2016

Our Annual Report 2016 is available for download in pdf format. The report contains facts and figures about Sir James Knott Trust and a full list of grants.

The Trustees are committed to ensuring that the Trust maintains a diversified portfolio of investments, with a balance between growth and income, to ensure that the Trust is able to continue to award grants to charitable organisations across the North East of England for many years to come.

Download Annual Report 2016


College Valley Estate

College Valley Estate

In 1953, some of the fortune left by Sir James Knott was used to purchase the College Valley in North Northumberland, although it is now managed by a separate company. It has a spectacular landscape, wonderful self catering and bunkhouse accommodation and a super venue ‘Cuddystone Hall’ suitable for a variety of events or functions and with a growing popularity as a wedding venue.

Please go to www.college-valley.co.uk to find out more.

Attention Schools, Colleges and Universities
The Estate is keen to encourage education and research on its land in a wide variety of subjects. The bunkhouse accommodation is often used to support such work. In recent years subjects under study have included changing land management, archaeology, biodiversity and access. A Bursary may be available for individual students or groups wishing to visit the College Valley to undertake field trips and educational and research projects. Further information is available from: stephen@college-valley.co.uk.

College Valley Estate, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6TW


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