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Crook Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7825 / 54°46'57"N

Longitude: -1.5747 / 1°34'29"W

OS Eastings: 427449

OS Northings: 543152

OS Grid: NZ274431

Mapcode National: GBR KFF4.WD

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.S1BZ

Plus Code: 9C6WQCMG+24

Entry Name: Crook Hall

Listing Date: 6 May 1952

Last Amended: 10 March 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1159909

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110203

Also known as: Crook Hall, Durham

ID on this website: 101159909

Location: The Sands, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 24 SE (North end, off)

4/151 Crook Hall
6/5/52 (formerly listed
in Sidegate)


House. C14 manor house; C17 and early C18 link to mid C18 house. Coursed
squared sandstone earlier part with Welsh slate roof; English garden wall bond
later part with ashlar quoins and dressings and Welsh slate roof with stone
gable copings. At right end is 4-bay hall; left kitchen wing and C17 extension
from which C18 house breaks forward. One high storey to hall, 2 storeys and 2
bays to kitchen wing; 2 lower storeys to 2-bay link; 3 storeys and 3 bays to
addition; 11 bays in all.

Hall has 2-storey projection at left, 2 cupsed ogee-headed lancets at right;
ruined right end, garderobe tower and chamber. Tudor-arched door in gabled
2-storey projection has lintel dated and initialled 16 71 under bull's eye;
small square window above has chamfered surround; central mullion removed. Rear
elevation has 2-centred-arched door surround at opposite end of passage from
main door. Interior: sandstone walls, part coursed and squared. Roof trusses
perhaps C16, with truncated principals on tie beams, curved struts, and clasped
purlins; ashlaring at eaves. Later fire-hood backs onto passage at front end,
and is partly removed; brick wall supports massive stone lintel. The only
domestic open hall known in County Durham.

C17 link has 2 gables over 2-storey one-window part at left and 2-storey-and-
attic, 2-window part at right: horizontal sliding sashes at left in stone
surrounds from which central mullion has been removed; at right, cross windows
on ground floor, sashes with glazing bars above and blocked attic window.
Interior: large wood lintel to fire at left; triangular-section blocks
forming stair; ceiling beams with painted red undulating foliage.

C18 house at left; 3 storeys, 3 bays. Sashes with glazing bars, some wide in
wide boxes; 2-storey entrance bay at right has door with 3-over-3 panels and
3-paned overlight in lugged architrave. Main house has sandstone lintel bands,
2-brick floor bands, moulded kneelers and end brick chimneys. Left return has
massive brick chimney stack with offsets, and floor bands at differing levels
from those of front; quoins altered at floor level, suggesting re-fronting of
earlier house. Interior: High-quality stair has ramped grip handrail on
alternate vase-and-column and rusticated-column balusters; carved tread ends.
First-floor panelled room has round-headed niches, and elaborate chimney-piece,
perhaps a composite of C18 and C19 work, with terms supporting garlanded corniced
top. 6 fielded panels to doors. Stucco ceiling cornices and dove with basket,
badge of Hopper family, pervious owners.

Source: V.C.H. 162-4.

Listing NGR: NZ2744943152

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