Gateway, Auckland Castle


Auckland Castle, gateway

In the 13th century, the See of Durham was easily one of the most powerful ecclesiastical seats in the British Isles. The Prince-Bishops exercised immense temporal power, too. A hunting lodge for the See was built to the south-west of the city of Durham at Auckland, and a town (named after the Bishopric) grew up around it. The lodge grew into a castle, and became the official residence of the Bishop of Durham. Queen Victoria stayed here, and some of the sumptuous apartments are used to host conferences, and  celebrate weddings and other events.

Guarding the entrance to the grounds is a classical Victorian gatehouse. There are various common design elements on view here, from trefoils to a parapet with battlements, to crocketted pinnacles. The gatehouse is topped by a short clocktower.

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