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Description: Beaurepaire Manor House
Date Listed: 28 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 109995
OS Grid Reference: NZ2430843906
OS Grid Coordinates: 424308, 543906
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7895, -1.6235
BEARPARK BEARPARK COLLIERY ROAD
NZ 24 SW
(North end, off)
5/6 Beaurepaire Manor House.
28/2/52 (Formerly listed as Bear
Park remains, in Witton
Ruins of manor house of Prior of Durham. C13-C16. Sandstone rubble with
quoins and ashlar dressings. No roof survives. E-plan. 5 ranges round 2
courtyards open to west, sloping down from top of north bank of River Browney.
Highest surviving wall c.4 metres; most c.1-2 metres high. C13 north-south
hall with cross wings and west extensions; fragments of further C13 building
to north overlaid by C14 cross wing added to earlier C14 north-south room.
Architectural features include small chamfered rectangular window on east
elevation, several fragments of stairs, and drains.
After the Dissolution the buildings became the property of the Dean of Durham
and their subsequent use is not clear, although principally agricultural.
In 1640 and 1644 most of the buildings were demolished by the Scottish army.
Sources: Universities of Durham and Newcastle Archaeological Reports for
1980, pp. 94-7; for 1981, 59-61; for 1982, 71-4; for 1983, 81-4.
C.B.A.3 Newsbulletin 2nd. series, No. 21 (December 1983) and n.d. (April
1985), all by P.A.G. Clack.
Listing NGR: NZ2430843906
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