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Walworth Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Walworth Hall; High Walworth

In the civil parish of Walworth.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Darlington.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ23101886
Latitude 54.56427° Longitude -1.64379°

Walworth Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


The ancient manor and estate of Walworth, lies three miles to the South-west of Heighington. The Hansards are the earliest owners on record; but it is evident that the founder of the line was a cadet of the house of Raby, Gilbert le Halsart, son of the younger Meldred, and brother of that Robert Fitz-Meldred who married the heir of Neville. His descendants held Walworth in long lineal succession. In 1466 an escheat describes the manor as including, One chief messuage, with divers outhouses, two granaries, a stable, and sheepfold, value per ann. xiiis. iiiid.; twelve cottages, xxxs.; 400 acres of arable land, xxiiiil.; 200 acres of pasture, cs.; 20 acres of meadow, xxiiis. 4d.. The house of Walworth, a handsome spacious mansion, is said to have been reared from its ruins in the reign of Elizabeth, by Thomas Jennison, an Auditor in Ireland, who purchased from the Ayscoughs. The chief front, a straight curtain betwixt two circular towers, looks Southward over soft even grounds, richly sprinkled with wood, and sloping gradually to the Tees. The North front looks upward against the hill. Its windows, with stone mullions and transoms, seem of earlier architecture: the stained glass mentioned by Hutchinson is removed. (Surtees)

Mansion now hotel. Circa 1600, possibly by Thomas Holt for Thomas Jennison, incorporating an earlier structure. (Listed Building Report)

The earliest surviving structure appears to be the southwest tower and a portion of the south wall adjoining it. This tower contains six blocked-up openings, including two keyhole-shaped windows at ground level, and may be of Medieval date.
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