British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

The Castle, Castle Eden

Description: The Castle

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 109419

OS Grid Reference: NZ4275838792
OS Grid Coordinates: 442758, 538792
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7423, -1.3373

Location: Peterlee, Durham SR8 1NN

Locality: Castle Eden
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: SR8 1NN

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Deserted Medieval Village, Moated Site, and Early Medieval Timber Building at Castle Eden, 200m South of the Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text

(South side)

10/7 The Castle



Country house, c.1765 by William Newton for Rowland Burdon I; possibly altered
and given Gothick details by Sir John Soane c.1780; later additions included
palmhouse of 1863 by F.R. Hicks and north wing of 1893. Main block ashlar
Hesleden limestone with slate roof; rubble rear. Prefabricated concrete
palmhouse. Classical style with Gothick details. Symmetrical 3-storey, 7-bay
front with canted 3-bay centre has single-storey 6-bay palmhouse with half-bay
ends across ground floor. Palmhouse has central Tudor-arched entrance, flanking
4-light mullioned-and-transomed windows, embattled parapet with pinnacles and
hipped glass roof. Main block has replaced 12-pane sashes and replaced 6-pane
sashes to third storey; windows have depressed-pointed heads and hoodmoulds.
Embattled parapet with slightly-projecting square corner turrets; low-pitched
hipped roof with ridge chimneys. 5-bay returns and rear have similar details.
3-storey, 2-bay north wing has ground-floor bay windows with embattled parapets,
3-light mullioned windows above; eaves cornice, parapet and hipped slate roof.

Interior has neo-classical details: central hall, leading to oval saloon, has
second-floor gallery running round 3 sides and supported on fourth side by
screen of Ionic columns and end pilasters; domed roof light above. Several
mid C18 chimneypieces and other contemporary fittings.

C20 additions not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ4275838792

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.