Douglas House


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Douglas House, 23 and 25, The Bank


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Statutory Address:
Douglas House, 23 and 25, The Bank

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Barnard Castle
National Grid Reference:
NZ 05000 16245


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NZ0516SW 770-1/6/191

BARNARD CASTLE THE BANK (West side) Nos.23 and 25 (Douglas House)

(Formerly Listed as: THE BANK (West side) Nos.1-17, 23-29 (Odd) and The Old Well)



Inn, later two flats and public house, now shop and flat. Mid C18 with early and late C19 shop fronts, the earlier at left ex-situ. Irregular courses of squared stone with ashlar dressings; roof of stone slates with stone gable copings. Salvaged materials of various dates throughout.

EXTERIOR: three storeys; four-window range. Tooled stone surround to ex-situ six-panel door and overlight with radiating glazing bars in second bay. Inserted left shop front: Regency with entablature on slender pilasters framing threexthree panes to front and three on right return to recessed door; grid ventilator in stall riser has glass blocking. Right shop front late C19 with slender panelled pilasters and elliptical heads to central half-glazed door and flanking two-light windows; full-width entablature. Sixteen-pane sashes on upper floors, most renewed, and two-light renewed casement at top left, have tooled flat stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Second-floor windows almost square. Low-pitched roof has end chimneys. Rear shows small inserted two-light window with C16-type segmental stone heads; Gothic-style glazing bars to stair window between first and second floors.

INTERIOR: inserted ground floor ceiling at right, two spine beams at left plastered over and with added cornice. Stair first flight has winders, upper flights dogleg, with narrow handrail on re-set stick balusters and turned newels. First floor has c1800 shutters to windows; inserted C18 chimneypiece with bolection frieze, dentilled cornice and Delft tiles. Second floor has architraves to windows; three-panel door re-sited from attic of right part of house. Roof has halved pegged trusses with two levels of purlins.

Owner reports deeds say building was an inn in 1697; that there was a blacksmith in the rear in 1700, with vehicle entrance uphill in right part of the frontage, and that the building remained a public house until c1920 with two houses above. The shop front to left of facade was salvaged from a shop at the corner of Milburn Street and Hylton Road in the Millfield area of Sunderland; the door and overlight next to it came from Haggerston, Northumberland. Gazebo in rear yard constructed from salvaged materials including small stone lancet slits.

Listing NGR: NZ0500016247


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 05 Jun 2003
Reference: IOE01/10807/03
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Bob Cottrell. Source Historic England Archive
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