Auckland Castle and the English Civil War
Join curator Andrew Ferrara in exploring some of the on-going discoveries from the last five years about life of Auckland Castle during the English Civil War. Auckland Castle has been one of the two principal seats of the Bishops of Durham for over 900 years. Through the centuries, it developed from a manor house to expansive castle site and finally into a luxurious palace, during the episcopates of some of Durham’s most prominent bishops.
One of the most crucial periods of change and threat to the existence of Auckland Castle came during the English Civil War, when the estate was confiscated and sold to Sir Arthur Haselrig. Haselrig began programme of constructing his own edifice in the grounds of Auckland Castle, but work was halted by the Restoration and the return of John Cosin to the See of Durham.
As with many elements in the history of Auckland Castle, the specifics surrounding Haselrig's house and its relationship with the rest of the estate has remained uncertain. But with the advent of the Auckland Project, new opportunities have arisen to investigate the development of Auckland Castle over the centuries including the changes that occurred during the Civil War.
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