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© Mr Alan Bradley LRPS

IoE Number: 110911
Location: WALWORTH CASTLE,
  WALWORTH, DARLINGTON, DURHAM
Photographer: Mr Alan Bradley LRPS
Date Photographed: 08 February 2001
Date listed: 06 June 1952
Date of last amendment: 06 June 1952
Grade I

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NZ 2318WALWORTHWALWORTH16/139Walworth Castle6/6/52GVI

NZ 2318 WALWORTH WALWORTH 16/139 Walworth Castle 6/6/52 GV I 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 courtyard. 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).

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