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Rockliffe Hall in Rockliffe Park

A Grade II Listed Building in Hurworth, Darlington

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Latitude: 54.4784 / 54°28'42"N

Longitude: -1.5443 / 1°32'39"W

OS Eastings: 429626

OS Northings: 509318

OS Grid: NZ296093

Mapcode National: GBR KJNN.GD

Mapcode Global: WHC63.7PWP

Plus Code: 9C6WFFH4+87

Entry Name: Rockliffe Hall in Rockliffe Park

Listing Date: 3 July 1991

Last Amended: 20 August 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1185949

English Heritage Legacy ID: 350506

Location: Hurworth, Darlington, DL2

County: Darlington

Civil Parish: Hurworth

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Hurworth

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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In the entry for the following:-

NZ 20 NE (south side)
St Cuthbert's Hospital
in Rockliffe Park

the address shall be amended to read:

(south side)
Rockliffe Hall
in Rockliffe Park
(formerly known as
St Cuthbert's Hospital)

and the first sentence of the description shall be amended to

"Formerly a Country House and a Hospital."

The following item shall be added:

NZ 20 NE (South Side)

St Cuthbert's Hospital
in Rockliffe Park


Country House, now hospital. 1863-5 with C20 alterations. Designed by Alfred
Waterhouse for A Backhouse. Red brick with ashlar dressings and patterned slate
roofs with decorative ridge tiles. 14 tall decorative stacks. Ashlar coped
gables, ashlar window surrounds. 2 storey plus attics. North entrance front
has off-centre doorway in projecting porch with pointed archway with hood and
pierced parapet with blank central panel, inner doorway has roll-moulded surround
and original glazed door. Above a single light casement. To the left a gabled
2 storey square bay with 5 light cross mullion windows, those on the ground floor
with pointed heads, and the gable contains a decorative roundel. To the right
2 plain sashes, above a double plain sash, then a 3 lights mullion window with
sashes and relieving arches. Beyond a further 2 storey gabled square bay with
5 light cross mullion windows the upper one with a relieving arch, the gable
contains a pair of lancers. Beyond a pair of cross mullion windows and 3 plain
sashes with above 3 through eaves, gabled dormers each with a cross mullion window.
To the right a further gabled, 2 storey projecting bay, canted on the ground
floor with a central 2 light window a flanking single side lights and square
above with 2 pairs of plain sashes with a balnk panel in the gable over. Beyond
a pair of 2 light cross casements and a single light through eaves gabled dormer
above. Beyond again a single storey wing with projecting gabled west front with
pointed arch containing double garage doors.

At the north-east corner an attached, pierced wall with chamfered ashlar coping
and a garden gateway with a gabled wall topped by a ball finial and with double
iron gates.

East front has slightly projecting central bay with glazed door and flanking
side lights, above a large staircase window, 4 lights with ashlar tracery, above
a gable with a ball finial. To the left a single cross casement on the first
floor and beyond a projecting canted 2 storey bay window, topped by a gable with
ball finial; with a 2 light cross casement and flanking side lights, above a
2 light cross casement with a small lancet in the gable. To the right a single
cross casement to each floor with beyond a slightly projecting gabled wing with
2 shouldered arched windows with between a buttress supporting an upper oriel

South front has central 2 storey canted bay windows with 3 light cross casements.
Either side are slightly projecting 2 storey gabled wings with 4 light cross
casements on the ground floor and light cross casements above. Each gable
contains a small lancet and is topped by a ball finial. To the
west a set back, single storey conservatory with 5 large windows
partly obscured by a C20 lean-to wooden addition. Gabled upper
floors behind with octagonal bell turret in corner. To the west
again a 2 storey, gabled wing with projecting, 2 storey ashlar
bay window canted on the ground floor and square above, topped
by a balustrade with small tracery window in gable above.

INTERIOR: Has original cross-plan hall with 2 triple arched
arcades with marble columns and ornated carved foliate capitals.
Single flight and return staircase with unusual hexagonal
patterned balustrade. The upper landing also has 2 triple arched
arcades with plain columns and capitals. Former drawing-room has
C18 style plaster panels, coving and ceiling. Former dining-room
has dado panelling, fine pedimented doorcases and a swagged
plaster frieze and coving. Western ground floor room has fine
marble fireplace with elaborate marble overmould incorporating
fine 3 light stain glass window. Most original doors and
doorcases survive, some plaster ceilings and a single wooden

Listing NGR: NZ2962609318

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