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Brief description of site

Lumley Castle has pleasure grounds and a park with which a number of leading designers from the area were associated. There were several main phases of activity occurring throughout the 18th century, making their mark as part of the present landscape.

Brief history of site

In 1389 Sir Ralph de Lumley was granted licence to crenelate. George London visited the site in 1701. He was the first of a series of major designers known to have been consulted on the landscape. Later advisors included Sir John Vanbrugh, Stephen Switzer and probably also Charles Bridgeman and Thomas Wright.

Location information:

Address: Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 4NX

Locality: Durham

Local Authorities:

County Durham; Great Lumley

Historical County: Durham

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 88 Grid Ref: NZ287510
Latitude: 54.853 Longitude: -1.55451


The site is off the A1 at junction 63, following signs for Riverside. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hotel

Site first created: After 1389

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

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