Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth - County Durham (UA)

Brancepeth Castle is a medieval fortress that was greatly enlarged in the C19 by architects John Paterson and (later) Anthony Salvin. It was occupied by the army during World War II and then by glassware makers, J A Joblings. Parts of the building are currently occupied while others are used for events and other activities. Some urgent repairs have been completed in recent years, including major works in 2018 with Historic England funding. Further repairs are being planned. Options for developing the site’s business potential are also being explored.

Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth - County Durham (UA)
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: BRANCEPETH CASTLE
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1159012
  • Local Planning Authority: County Durham (UA)
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Brancepeth Castle
  • Unitary Authority: County Durham (UA)
  • Parish: Brancepeth
  • Parliamentary Constituency: City of Durham
  • Region: North East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: D
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Listed Building grade I, RPG grade II, CA