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A host of classic cars to go on show Auckland Castle

Credit: Auckland Castle

Classic cars from yesteryear will on display at Auckland Castle in County Durham today, August 23rd.

Organisers are expecting up to 70 different models from the last century, which will be parked around the medieval castle and its grounds.

These include a sporty 1979 Lotus Esprit S2, similar to the S1 used in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me", as well as the stylish 1963 Jaguar Mark Two Saloon as beloved by Inspector Morse.

Multi million pound leisure park for Co Durham

Auckland Castle. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A multi-million pound leisure park in County Durham has received planning permission.

The Eleven Arches project has been given the green light.

Live shows will take place in the grounds of Auckland Castle - provided that an entertainment licence is granted, and depending on a survey to find out how it will affect the local bat population.


£24m revamp of Auckland Castle seeks council approval

Auckland Castle. Credit: Auckland Castle

Major steps are underway towards the multi-million pound regeneration of one of Britain’s most important ancient sites.

Four schemes totalling more than £24m will breathe new life into the centuries-old Auckland Castle and the historic market town in which it stands.

The plans will be lodged with Durham County Council before Christmas.

If approved, the projects will see the Palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham undergo the most far reaching and visionary changes for 300 years.

They will also promote the economic revival of the once-prosperous town of Bishop Auckland.

The plans include:

  • The £17m restoration of the castle, which has received initial support* from theHeritage Lottery Fund (HLF), including the construction of a new museum wing telling the story of all religious faiths in Britain
  • The creation of a £2.5m visitor welcome centre incorporating a visually stunning 27m tower
  • The £3m transformation of a former bank in Bishop Auckland Market Square designed by the local Victorian architect George Hoskins, into a new and internationally important Spanish art gallery
  • A £1.5m development to turn an adjacent derelict building into a study facility for post graduate students of the arts

Together, the proposals total £24.25m and will create new jobs and investment into the area.

Subject to planning approval, work will begin in 2015.

First portrait of Archbishop Welby goes up in Auckland Castle

Going on display: the first portrait of Archbishop Welby.
Justin Welby used to be the Bishop of Durham.
The portrait was painted by the artist Roger Wagner.
The portrait is on display at Auckland Castle.
Getting it just right: the artist Roger Wagner.

The first portrait of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has gone on display at Auckland Castle in County Durham. It was painted by the artist Roger Wagner.

It continues a tradition, dating back to the 15th century, of paintings of previous Bishops of Durham being hung at the Castle. It will go on display in the throne room.


'English Civil War' artefacts unearthed at Auckland Castle

Artefacts from what's thought to be the English Civil war have been unearthed at Auckland Castle. Archaeologists from Durham University have been excavating the site which will be open to the public at the end of the month.

Discoveries on site

The Auckland Castle Trust hopes to uncover 900 years of history.

Hundreds of years of history

After 10 days of digging in Bishop Auckland, remains of a building have been laid bare in a trench on an area close to the castle's Scotland Wing.

Working at the excavation site

Auckland Castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson, says the volume of debris is a 'puzzle and could suggest a very dramatic end' to what looks to be a substantial structure.

Bishop Auckland

Only surviving Tudor bed goes on display

A bed that dates back to the 15th century is going on display in the North East. It's the only bed surviving from the Tudor period and was designed to celebrate the wedding of Henry the 7th and Elizabeth of York - a marriage which brought peace and launched the Tudor dynasty.

It'll be shown to the public at Auckland Castle in County Durham.

Castle "fitting" place to exhibit Tudor bed

Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle, said:

"Richard Foxe, former Bishop of Durham in the late fifteenth century, was a key supporter of Henry Tudor's claim to the throne of England. Foxe met Henry whilst exiled in France, and fought with him at Bosworth Field. He was his key diplomatic advisor and set up the marriage of Henry's daughter, Margaret, to King James IV of Scotland. It therefore seems fitting that Auckland is the first venue for this bed to be displayed to the public.

"Auckland Castle is already home to many important works of religious and secular art, such as the seventeenth century paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán. We're delighted to be able to showcase this historic treasure, the only remaining piece of early Tudor state furniture, here in North East England."

– Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle
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