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Latitude: 54.5642 / 54°33'50"N
Longitude: -1.6439 / 1°38'37"W
OS Eastings: 423124
OS Northings: 518828
OS Grid: NZ231188
Mapcode National: GBR JHYN.XN
Mapcode Global: WHC5N.QJDW
Entry Name: Walworth Castle
Listing Date: 6 June 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121175
English Heritage Legacy ID: 110911
Location: Walworth, Darlington, DL2
Civil Parish: Walworth
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Heighington
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ 2318 WALWORTH WALWORTH
16/139 Walworth Castle
Mansion now hotel. Circa 1600, possibly by Thomas Holt for Thomas Jennison,
incorporating an earlier structure; internal alterations c.1740; early C19
north range; west wing refronted l864. Partly-rendered limestone rubble;
snecked stone west front; Welsh slate roofs(not visible); brick and stone
chimney stacks. Originally reversed U-plan; north range across rear enclosing
South front: 3-storey, 5-bay centre flanked by 4-storey round angle towers.
West tower and bay west of straight joint possibly early C16 with earlier
features. C19 central doorway and cross windows; four 3-light mullioned-and-
transomed windows on top floor. Moulded parapet. Towers have cross windows
and identical 3-light windows on top floor. Earlier features (loops, narrow
trefoil- and round-headed windows) on west tower.
Long, complex east wing with C17 features. 3-storey, 3-bay section with 6-light
window on top floor. 2-storey section: central canted bay window with latticed
casements and iron bars; tall flanking external chimneys; continuous string
below parapet; 2-storey canted bay window on one-bay rear end.
Refaced 2-storey west wing with C19. features: cross and mullioned-and-transomed
windows; off-centre 2-storey canted bay window flanked by 2- and 3-bay sections;
projecting 2-bay south section with Tudor-arched doorway. 3-storey set-back
bay between wing and tower. C17 2-storey canted bay window on one-bay rear end.
2-storey, 5-bay north range with C19 mullioned windows and off-centre doorway.
Courtyard: Some mullioned-and-transomed windows in east and west wings.
3-storey frontispiece, on south range, with paired columns and entablature
(superimposed Tuscan, Ionic and Corinthian orders) and top balustrade; scattered
mullions, sashes and a C19 Venetian stair window.
Interior has important mid C18 features: staircase with turned balusters;
several rooms with Palladian plasterwork, some with Rococo details ( ground-
floor hall, saloon, upstairs room to east, circular rooms in east tower);
reconstructed 1864 staircase.
Short single-storey wing on north, long 2-storey wing on west and late C20
addition in courtyard are not of special interest.
(N. Whittaker, The Old Halls and Manor Houses of County Durham, 1975).
Listing NGR: NZ2312418828
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