About Us
Written by Ben Bates
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 14:49
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The Owners - Bates and Morshead


Benedict, Annabelle and her younger son Harry

Langley Dam is part of the Langley Estate.

It is on Nilston Rigg Farm, an upland farm rearing suckler cows and sheep. The farm is managed in a family partnership consisting of Benedict Bates and his eldest sister; Annabelle Morshead. We run up to 140 breeding cows and 1200 ewes.

Annabelle has managed the sheep flock for more years than she would like to admit, and has produced many show winning Blackface sheep. Her fat lambs top Hexham mart on an almost weekly basis. She also takes a keen interest in rural politics and is a previous chairperson of the Northumberland Country Landowners Association. She has 2 sons who both work locally and occasionally help out on the farm.

Benedict is responsible for the cattle, arable and paperwork side of the business and is actively involved in the management of the fishing. He has 5 sons from 2 marriages, ranging in age from 27 to 8. When they are not taking up his spare time he is a passionate Newcastle United supporter.

The Management - Anthony and Kelly

The day to day management of the fishery has been taken over by Anthony White and his wife Kelly. Anthony has taken over from his dad Fred our previous manager who sadly died at the start of February 2014. Anthony grew up at Nilston Rigg below the dam and has fished and swum in the dam all his life. Like his dad was, he is a keen and competitive sportsman playing cricket and football for local teams to a good level. He also enjoys both river and reservoir fishing.



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