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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.

£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.

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