Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Durham

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Durham
Photograph taken 31 May 2002 © Mr Alan Bradley LRPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 385598

Auckland Castle is also known as the Bishop's Palace. It is the official residence of the Bishop of Durham. It also contains the diocesan office and 2 independent flats. It was originally a manor house, probably begun for Bishop du Puiset (1153-95). It was completed in the first half of the 13th century and altered and enlarged for Bishop Bek (1284-1311). It has since been added to many times including c1530 when the south dining room was built for Bishops Ruthal and Tunstall. It had a major rebuilding after the Civil War when over half the building was destroyed. This was done by Bishop Cosin. It was also altered in 1767-72 for Bishops Trevor and Egerton and c1795 for Bishop Barrington when the architect was James Wyatt. The Medieval manor had a great hall which is now the Chapel of St Peter. The design is largely Gothic.