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Stanhope Castle.

Hob Uid: 17909
Location :
County Durham
County Durham
Stanhope
Grid Ref : NY9960039160
Summary : An 18th century house, now flats, built on the probable site of a 13th to 14th century castle. There are no visible remains of the latter.
More information : NY 9960 3916. Stanhope Castle (NAT). [1]

"At the west end of Stanhope town, lying between it and the river
Wear is an eminence called Castle Hill or Castle Heugh ..... the
crown of the hill forms ..... an oblong figure ..... thirty paces in
width; to the north and east ..... it is defended by a deep ditch; a
ditch crosses the crown of the eminence, and divides it into
irregular parts ...... a wall was discovered, which appeared to
defend the whole summit of the hill, built of ashler work, strongly
cemented ...... certain it is, that a castle stood here (Stanhope)
in the days of Bishop Beck (1283-1310) for he granted lands ..... on the west side of the castle of Stanhope". [2]

Stanhope Castle, mansion of 1798. Gde II. [3]

No remains of former castle or traces of ditches now exist. The
present building, now a reform school, is in good condition but not outstanding. [4]

Stanhope Castle, Grade II* Large house. Now flats. 1798 for Cuthbert Rippon; 1823 additions dated on rainwater heads, for his son Cuthbert Rippon, M.P. for Gateshead; 1875 addition (to house collection of stuffed birds and animals). Sandstone ashlar with plinth; roof not visible. Irregular plan. South elevation: 2-storey, 3-bay main entrance front with adjoining one-storey, 5-bay conservatory link to 2-storey, 3-bay gabled wing on lower ground level. 11 bays in all. [5]

Listed by Cathcart King. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1953
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Weardale RD Durham July 1966 3
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hutchinson, W, 1794. Hist of Durham 3 (291)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 26.09.74
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Dist of Wear Valley, Durham 5th June 1987 135
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Source Number : 6
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Documented 1283-1310
Monument End Date : 1310
Monument Start Date : 1283
Monument Type : Castle
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
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Monument Start Date : 1798
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : 20th Century
Monument End Date : 2000
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Flats
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 406916
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 93 NE 57
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 93 NE 57
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-09-26
End Date : 1974-09-26