Bishop Auckland

For 700 years, between the 12th and 19th century, the powerful prince-bishops of Durham had their country residence in Auckland Castle, in the town of Bishop Auckland. When finally deprived of their powers in 1836, the bishops left Durham and made Bishop Auckland their official home. Sadly, the castle is closed for essential repairs until sometime in 2019 at the very earliest, although nearby Raby Castle remains open.

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