Welcome to the Grace Darling website
Grace was born on 24th November 1815 at Bamburgh, Northumberland and spent her youth in two lighthouses (Brownsman and Longstone) where her father, William, was the keeper. In the early hours of the 7th September 1838, Grace, looking out from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, spotted the wreck and survivors of the Forfarshire on Big Harcar, a low rocky outcrop. The Forfarshire had foundered on the rocks and broken in half; one of the halves had sunk during the night. Amidst tempestuous waves and gale force winds there followed an amazing rescue of the survivors. Grace's life would never be the same.
We are delighted to announce the publication of this new and unique re-appraisal of Grace Darling’s life.
It reads like a cinematic storyboard featuring magical imagery created by a descendant of the Darling family.
We challenge the idea that her story was just about a daring sea rescue. Aimed at older children and adults
alike it captures the ‘bigger picture’ of the events and characters that turned her world upside down.
Produced over several years, the book is a labour of love, driven only by the desire to tell the whole
story to a new and wider audience.