The Bishop's Palace

hilarydougill

Co Durham, United Kingdom

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I live in the town of the Prince Bishops of ancient times. This is the ancient palace where the modern day Bishop of Durham resides. It has beautiful parklands., and the building you can see through the arches once was the great hall, complete with fire and a hole in the ceiling, (now fixed haha) its present day use is as a church. This was built around 1200
Auckland Castle (also known as Auckland Palace or locally as the Bishop’s Castle or Bishop’s Palace) is a castle in the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England.

The castle has been the official residence of the Bishop of Durham since 1832. However, it has been owned by the diocese for more than 800 years, being established as a hunting lodge for the Prince Bishops of Durham. It is more like a Gothic country house than a true castle with a military function. The Castle’s Scotland Wing presently serves as the administrative offices of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.

The castle’s long dining room is home to 12 of the 13 17th century portraits of Jacob and his 12 sons painted by Francisco de Zurbarán. In 2001 the Church Commissioners voted to sell the paintings which have a £20m valuation, but relented until a review in 2010.

The castle is surrounded by 800 acres (3.2 km2) of parkland, which was originally used by the Bishops for hunting and is today open to the public. The castle and its grounds contain seven Grade I listed buildings These include a Deer House within the park which was built in 1760. It is a large stone castellated structure and acts as a shelter for deer. There is a viewing room for people to view the deer.
Some of the trees in the great park are reputed to be over a thousand years old.

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